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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:45:00 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Iconic Canadian brands that jumped the border

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The Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team practices at Maple leaf Gardens. (© Mathieu Schneider photo by Edward Regan/Globe and Mail)
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  • An Imperial Oil company annual meeting in Calgary, Alta., May 2, 2012. (© Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
  • Franchise sign at a Tim Hortons fast food restaurant in Calgary, Alta. (© Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press Images)
  • The Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team practices at Maple leaf Gardens. (© Mathieu Schneider photo by Edward Regan/Globe and Mail)
  • Customers stand in front of the flagship Eaton's store at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. (© CP Photo)
  • Photos of Simpson Tower (Hudson's Bay Company) at Queen and Bay Streets in Toronto. (© Tibor Kolley)
  • A can of Molson Canadian is seen in front of the can line at the Molson Breweries in Vancouver, B.C. (© Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
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One of hockey’s most prominent apparel brands was in fact founded as a company specializing in bicycle gear. CCM, or Canada Cycle & Motor, began as a bike maker in what is now northwest Toronto in 1899, but quickly evolved into one of hockey’s foremost equipment brands. In 1983, the company declared bankruptcy and later changed its name, but the CCM brand endures today as a subsidiary of Reebok, which purchased it in 2004. Other Canadian hockey gear brands like Bauer and Cooper were also acquired by an American giant — Nike — in the 1990s.

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