Vidéo Covert QRL – avec Brendan Gallagher:
Well, it’s July! Now begins a month where the words “Quick Release” will be repeatedly blasted in your social media feeds. Well, if you follow Warrior and Bauer Hockey it will. But the question remains, who really owns Quick Release?
I (and we at Warrior) like to think that we do. The Covert QR line of product launched in September of 2014. We set out to simplify the way we market, design and promote product by concentrating on the benefit of the product to the player. Not some technical mumbo-jumbo that sounds good at a meeting inside our conference room. Players don’t understand what Dagger Taper (an aggressive lower hosel taper) means, but they sure do enjoy ripping a shot so quick that a goalie didn’t even see it. So Quick Release (QR) was born.
“You have to know its Warrior even without the logo.”
That’s only part of designing a new stick graphic, but it’s a very important part of a larger formula. Coming up with the graphic for each new stick comes with a set of challenges that is unique to hockey sticks. People don’t tend to think of a stick as a difficult canvas to work on, but you have to remember that it has four sides not just two. That detail alone presents it’s own set of challenges.
For the Covert QRL graphic we began a completely new process for designing stick graphics. Previously we had worked in conjunction with an outside designer, not anymore. This time, the graphic would be constructed totally in-house.
“At some point, you have to draw the line and go with it.”
Every stick design comes to a point where you have to just say, “yes,” this is it for this year and you draw the line on development. The reason is because development and design of new sticks is a constant process for Warrior. I don’t sit down at my computer after our latest stick has released and start over for the next stick. It’s a continuous flow of ideas, designs, technology, etc. until you reach a deadline for production.
By Ryan Massa – Pro Goalie, Guest Contributor
After wearing custom chest and arms from other vendors throughout my playing career, the Warrior G2 Pro Chest and Arm is by far one of the most comfortable and efficient pieces of equipment I have worn. The 2015-16 season was my first season as a pro and I spent it within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. The majority of my playing time was with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL. My equipment manager (Orlando) had a demo of the G2 Pro chest pad in the room one day and he asked me to try it. When I first looked at it I was reluctant to try it. It looked like a rebound kicking machine with all of the hard material around the arms and elbow hinge. However, I switched to the G2 Pro immediately after just one practice.
“They’re perfect, I’m in.”
Those are the words that I strive for every time I meet with a player. Most guys in the NHL are incredibly in-tune with their sticks and getting them to accept a new technology isn’t always a guarantee.
Sometimes it takes weeks or months of testing and retesting before a player finally gives me the green light. With this new stick (Covert QRL), it’s been different. We (Warrior) had guys putting samples in-play, in games… that usually never happens.
If there’s one thing that’s consistent among all the Pros I work with, it’s that they’re always looking for a quicker release. They’re not really asking for lighter sticks anymore because we’re at a good weight now, but they always want to be quicker getting the puck to the net.
Check out the final scoring tally for our Warrior PRO athletes in the 2016 Playoffs. Not a bad run that ended with Warrior sticks leading the league in scoring, assists and in goals with Couture and Pavelski.
Ron MacLean had a theory about why Warrior PRO, Joe Pavelski loves his white sticks. Grapes was having none of it and completely flamed him at the end! Classic Coach’s Corner.