Jack Eichel donates 5,000 medical masks to New York hospitals

A classy initiative from the Sabres' captain.

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Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel announced earlier today that he's donating 5,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) masks to hospitals in Western New York.

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"I am so thankful to all those medical professionals that are on the front lines taking care of our community in the battle against this virus," Eichel said. "The dedication to Western New York that they continue to show is incredible. I am happy to work with my friends at Bauer to purchase these masks. Hopefully, they will help play a part in keeping our hospital workers safer and healthier."

Bauer Hockey and Cascade Lacrosse, both owned by Peak Achievement Athletics, quickly transitioned from manufacturing sports equipment to producing medical visors at the Bauer Innovation Center in Blainville, Quebec, and the Cascade facility in Liverpool, NY. "We're all on the same team in helping our medical professionals get the necessary protective equipment they need to help in the fight against COVID-19," said Mary-Kay Messier, VP of Global Marketing, Bauer Hockey. "Nurses, doctors and so many others are risking their own health to save the lives of others. These are the true heroes of coronavirus. Our team was eager to step up and do what we can, just like Jack is stepping up to help his community in Buffalo. We're grateful for this partnership with Jack and the Buffalo Sabres, and we hope others continue to help because we all need to support our families, friends and neighbors right now."

Kudos to Eichel, the Sabres and Bauer hockey for this tremendous initiative. For more on Bauer and their innovative new product, click here.