MEMIC Seeks to Revolutionize Sports Safety

Auto-Protective Reinforced Injury-Limiting Full Occupational Orthopedic Lumbar Shell PORTLAND, Maine, April 1, 2017 – Workers' compensation specialty insurer MEMIC is looking to revolutionize the sport of hockey. MEMIC has assisted the Detroit Red Wings' minor league team, the Moops, in their proposal to the Cross Insurance Arena trustees to bring pro hockey back to Portland. The proposal has the potential to lower costs and attract the best players by virtually guaranteeing freedom from injuries, says MEMIC spokesperson Fred Dahead.

As the former safety sponsor for the Portland Pirates, Dahead says MEMIC has long thought there are far too many unnecessary hockey injuries. But he says, “Fans love the contact sport, so we knew the solution needed to embrace that. Then Jimmy Livingston came along.”

James Livingston, whom friends affectionately call “The Bubble Boy,” organized an exhibition event with his favorite players from the Vancouver Canucks, which was almost cancelled when some of their star players came down with mumps. But Livingston came up with an idea that saved the day and caught MEMIC’s attention, see the video here.

Fans loved Livingston’s special “quarantine balls” that didn’t just stop the spread of germs and disease, but made contact between players both safe and fun. This is the logical progression of the Auto-Protective Reinforced Injury-Limiting Full Occupational Orthopedic Lumbar Shell (A.P.R.I.L.F.O.O.L.S.) that MEMIC launched two years ago says Dahead. MEMIC is the workers’ comp insurer for Gillette Stadium and if the Moops’ new PPE is a success in Portland, they will talk to the New England Patriots about adopting the technology. “This could add decades to Brady’s career,” says Dahead.


A super-regional workers’ compensation specialty insurer rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best, The MEMIC Group insures more than 20,000 employers and their estimated 300,000 employees. Licensed across the country with more than $1.2 billion in assets, The MEMIC Group is a leading carrier in the Northeast with a growing profile across the Eastern Seaboard. Offices are located in New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, in addition to the headquarters in Portland, Maine. In 2016, The MEMIC Group wrote more than $340 million in premium, a growth of 11% from 2015 and part of a 70% increase over the past 5 years.