"Most Canadian" equipment manufacturer

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    So I'm trying to figure out which equipment manufacturer is the "most canadian", by that I mean how much business stays in Canada. Looking in to ownership, manufacturing, offices, employment, ect.

    From what I gather
    Bauer(Public company, majority owned by Kohlberg)-American
    Easton-American
    CCM-Owned by Reebok
    Reebok-American
    Warrior-American

    How much of their money stays in Canada? Is Sherwood the only real Canadian equipment manufacturer left?
     
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    Reebok is owned by Adidas, it's a German company now. It's originally from Bolton, England.
     
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    Is Brians?


    I recently bought a set of Brian's goalie gear, the sales guy mentioned that a couple of times in the sales speech haha.
     
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    Well, you seem to have a pretty good handle on it. Sherwood's been through a fair amount since its founding in Quebec back in the 40's as Sherwood-Drolet, changed hands a few times, filed for Bankruptcy back in 2008 then re-emerged under a reorganization plan that included having their wooden sticks manufactured off-shore while concentrating on the composites in Canada.

    The first family of hockey equipment mfg was the Starr Skate Company of Dartmouth Nova Scotia along with Mic-Mac Hockey Sticks of northern New Brunswick in the late 18th & early 19th Centuries. The Canadian Cycle Manufacturing (C.C.M.) company entered in the 1900's producing steel blades & innovated the tube skate, acquiring George Tackaberry's (of Winnipeg) skate boot mfg firm and introducing C.C.M. Tacks, the most widely used & popular skate with amateurs & pro's through to the mid-70's. Lost market share to their main rival Bauer at that time who came out with the Tuuk chassis system....

    Daoust, Hespeler, Cooper-Weekes (nee: Cooper which became the #1 equipment mfg in the 60's) followed. Spalding & others in the US also producing skates & equipment as early as the 20's. Northland Hockey Stick Mfg Co, Christian Brothers of Minnesota and so on. Interesting histories all. Several smaller boutique & specialty manufacturers in Canada still, notable goalie equipment makers, the Granddaddy of them all being Kenesky's of Hamilton Ontario who's handmade pads were used by most NHL & minor pro, major junior players from the 40's to mid 60's.... I would recommend you simply visit the Canadian Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association website for a detailed breakdown of Canadian owned & manufactured suppliers, and see if they list what % of their product is sold domestically and what % is sold via export if such inf is even made public.

    Good luck, and closed....
     
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