Warrior PRO NHL Spotlight – February 18th

Henrik Zetterberg take the feed and makes a nice move to go backhand shelf for his 12th of the year! Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 9.49.19 AM

Alex Chiasson takes the feed in the high slot and he snaps it in for his fourth of the season! Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 9.57.01 AM

Andrew Ladd cuts to the net and finishes off the nice pass for his 14th! Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.01.07 AM

Andrew Ladd wasn’t done as he gets his 15th as the puck goes in off the defender! Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.03.46 AM

Logan Couture moves into the slot and fires high glove for his sixth of the year! Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.06.52 AM

Nail Yakupov with the old steal and snipe for his fifth! Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.12.11 AM

Thomas Vanek gets #16 as he makes some space then rips it home! Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.14.25 AM

Mikael Granlund gets a couple whacks at the rebound as he puts in his sixth! Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.16.44 AM

Mark Stone would also add an ENG for the Senators for his 18th of the season.

Nine goals on a Thursday night. We’ll take it. That brings our season total to 735 goals.

Warrior PRO NHL Spotlight – February 16th

Leon Draisaitl broke down the wing and fires one through the goalie for his 15th! Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 9.39.27 AM.png

Joe Pavelski slides to the slot and takes the feed to bury his 26th! Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 9.43.37 AM

Wayne Simmonds did what he does and slides to the open ice and gets the easy redirect for his 21st! Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 9.50.14 AM.png

Jordin Tootoo turns and finds a corner for his fourth of the season! Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 9.53.37 AM.png

Four big goals from our guys last night! We’ll take it!

Three Keys to Leg Pad Performance

by The Warrior Goalie Development Team (Pete Smith, Neal Watts, Kirk Allen)

In our “Square Fast” blog, we spoke about the importance of three key factors affecting performance in goalie equipment: Blade-Ice Interface, Tilt Loss and Slide/Weight. In this blog, we will dig deeper into these topics to give you a more detailed picture of how the Ritual G3 sets a new industry benchmark for leg pad performance that will help you Elevate YOUR Game.

Blade-Ice Interface

Blade/Ice Interface is the ability to move powerfully through your crease with precise skate edge contact/control without inference from the leg pads. This can be achieved the old fashioned way with numerous knots in your toe strings and a loose heal strap. However, this setup creates a sloppy, unresponsive connection between you and your pads, diminishing their (and your) overall performance. The Ritual’s Active Response Straps (the original elastic strap toe and boot system on the market) are the ultimate Blade/Ice Interface system available to goalies today. These straps allow your skate blade to maintain bite with the ice in the lowest and widest of upright stances and when digging in to push side to side in the butterfly. This is achieved with zero pad interference with the ice (slips outs), while maintaining a responsive, controlled feel. The elasticity of this system has the added benefit of adapting to each goalie’s natural range of ankle mobility while relieving strain on the knees and hips associated with the modern butterfly technique.

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Tilt Loss

As a goalie, you know the difference between getting beat cleanly and having a puck sneak through. You know the hard shot along the ice that you were there for, that you felt, but somehow got through you anyway. These are bad goals. They are especially frustrating because you know you were there in position, but to everyone else you look like a sieve.

These goals are the result of Tilt Loss. This is when your pads are not solidly sealed to the ice. They are either tilted forward (under-rotated) or backwards (over-rotated) causing gaps and lost coverage. These gaps may seem small and insignificant but…

Tilt Loss Comparison 1

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Tilt Loss G3

The Ritual line of pads has always aimed to alleviate Tilt Loss. With updated Active Response Straps, leg channel design and Knee Drive/knee block construction, the G3 leg pads offer the most solid and stable butterfly seal yet.

Slide

Being fast and mobile when down in the butterfly is an essential need of today’s goaltender. Whether it’s the final decisive push on a break away save, or getting from one post to the other on a wrap around; a fast, stable slide is essential.

In addition to the strong push offs facilitated by the Active Response Straps, these pads feature a smooth, stable and bindingless sliding surface. This, in combination with the Ritual G3 being, by far, the lightest pads on the market, provides the goaltender with extremely fast and stable slides requiring the least amount of energy (reduced fatigue).

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*Commenter Gianni brought up a concern below that we wanted to address. The diagram below illustrates how the measurement of the pads was conducted by our Goalie Team.

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Warrior PRO NHL Spotlight – February 14th

Valentine’s Day is all about sharing the love. No exception with our Pro as they showed a whole lot of love to the scoresheets…let’s start in Detroit.

Henrik Zetterberg gets his 11th of the season as he swoops in to collect the rebound! Zetterberg would also tip in his 12th for the game winner late in the third period (no video).Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 9.43.54 AM

Darren Helm got a bit lucky here as he pinballed in his sixth of the season! Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 9.46.07 AM

Darren Helm struck again for his seventh as he takes, turns and rips! Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 9.49.25 AM

Patrik Berglund breaks away and is stopped but the rebound goes off his foot and in for his fourth. After review, the goal was ruled good. Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 9.55.14 AM

Marcus Foligno also added an ENG for Buffalo for his seventh of the season.

Six goals on Valentine’s Day…not bad. Happy President’s Day/Family Day! Enjoy the matinee hockey action!

 

Warrior PRO NHL Spotlight – February 13th

Adam Henrique buries the OT winner on the one-time for his 19th! Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 11.26.40 PM.png

Thomas Vanek gets his 15th as he steals the clearing attempt and banks one in off Gustavsson. Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 11.31.21 PM.png

Brandon Saad scored goal number 21 as he streaks in and goes backhand forehand! Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 11.37.12 PM.png

Matt Hendricks gets his third of the season as he snaps one far side on the shorthanded break! Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 9.02.13 AM.png

Joonas Donskoi scored his 10th of the season (no video) and Zdeno Chara also added an ENG for his eighth of the season.

The games get going early today so, enjoy your Sunday!

Warrior PRO NHL Spotlight – February 12th

Lots of scoring around the league last night and plenty of action. Let’s start in Buffalo…

David Legwand explodes through the middle and goes glove side for his fourth of the year. Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 8.54.45 AM.png

Marcus Foligno establishes himself in front and gets the rebound to go in off his leg for his fifth of the season. Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 8.57.34 AM.png

Marcus Foligno goes with a top shelf beauty on the penalty shot for his sixth of the year! Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 9.01.11 AM

JT Brown fights off the defenders and buries his seventh on the rebound. Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 9.09.46 AM.png

Tyler Johnson streaks in and scores his eighth of the season for the OT winner! Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 9.12.41 AM.png

Alexander Steen scores his 16th as he goes up under the bar with the backhander! Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 9.16.38 AM.png

Shane Doan gets his 20th on the quick little writer from the wing! Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 9.20.20 AM.png

Shane Doan caps his milestone night with a blast for his 21st! Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 9.22.50 AM.png

A nice night for out guys but an even bigger night for Shane Doan as he becomes the Coyotes franchise all-time leading scorer with 931 points!

 

Covert QRL Glove – Long Term Review

by Doug Sears Jr., Special Contributor to Warrior Hockey
Warrior Covert QRL

Size: 14″

After using the Warrior Covert QRL glove throughout December and January, I’m ready to provide a more comprehensive review. This review is designed to give you a solid idea of how the QRL compares to its counterparts around the spectrum of hockey gloves. The only category I chose not to include from typical glove reviews is durability, as the two month sample is just not enough time to get a feel for how the glove will age and respond to prolonged use.

Fit:

The QRL is a tapered style fit, intended to be snug but not tight. To that end, this glove has a very consistent fit, which is not something commonly seen. I feel like I have the same fit characteristics in the fingers, the back of the hand, and in the wrist. Whereas the Easton offerings for tapered gloves are tighter in the fingers, and Bauer’s vapor line is tighter in the backhand, the QRL has a consistent feel. Snug everywhere, tight nowhere.

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Weight & Mobility:

Warrior’s staffers told me and other Winterfest attendees that this is the lightest glove on the market. I’m not sure how official that is, but a quick comparison of the other gloves I have around (Sherwood T90, MIA MB22, Bauer Vapor XXX) there is no doubt the QRL is noticeably lighter than all of them.

Mobility is the hallmark of this glove. From the fingers, to the well placed blocks of padding on the backpad, to the Axyflex pad on the bottom of the cuff for smooth movement, and finally the floating cuff, this glove moves in any direction with ease. Mobility starts with the tag still on, which is very rare. I’m the rare hockey player that prefers the new, stiff feeling of newer gloves. These gloves, the minute I picked them up felt as loose and supple as a pair I’d been wearing for six months.

But mobility on this glove is all about the cuff. If you haven’t heard yet, picture the sleeve style wrist protection of the Reebok 11k (now being produced as a CCM) with the protection all the way around the wrist. Now, take that sleeve, and attach it to a halo of elastic mesh. Gussett material, basically. By freeing up the cuff and allowing it to float with your
wrist, the cuff provides the protection of the 11k, the wrist protection the hockey world is clamoring for, but with the mobility of an ultra short cuff. It plays like a zero cuff, but protects like the biggest, most robust and obstructive cuffs.

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Protection:

As a hockey player, I have a bad habit. I don’t know when it started, but, when possible, I tend to punch pucks. I play defense predominantly, and when a shot comes through and within reach, I tend to just stick my hand out, and let the puck slam into the backpad. Someday, I’ll learn, but not today.

Suffice it to say, this ended up being a big measurement of protection. And when I knocked down a puck with the backpad of the QRL, I didn’t feel anything but the glove moving on my hand. The foam and plastic absorbed every bit of force from the point shot.

While I didn’t have anything that would have tested the cuff, working it with my hands it definitely felt robust enough to stand up to slashes, and was built in such a way that it didn’t have any weak spots.

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Palm:

The QRL comes equipped with the SmartPalm, which has been featured in a handful of iterations on previous Warrior gloves. On this one, the supple SmartPalm material comprises the entire palm rather than just contact points. The effect is impressive, as the
SmartPalm material feels like a strong, soft leather, but plays with the smoothness and lightness of the best synthetics. Is also successfully avoids the slick, almost greasy feeling that a lot of synthetic palms have after about a half hour of sweat, ice shavings and leaky water bottles. They’ve also cleverly added a small patch of embedded rubber for grip, in a stripe pattern. This allows for a bit of grip on the knob of the stick, while still allowing the palm to move and conform uniformly. No binding or stiffness to be found.

Overall:

The simple fact is, Warrior has drummed up a truly exemplary and sublime glove. They’ve caught lightning in a bottle, and the glove really doesn’t have a weak point or negative feature. As much as I try to hesitate to rave and therefore compromise my objectivity,
as an independent reviewer ought to do, there is really nothing I would change or suggest on this glove.

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Listen to the interview we did with Doug about his review of the QRL gloves.

Warrior PRO NHL Spotlight – February 11th

OK, now that we’ve got the linking issue figured out (we can link to the actual goals now), let’s check out the highlights from last night’s action!

We’ll start in Brooklyn where Casey Cizikas swoops in to collect a rebound and collect his fifth of the year! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 10.46.56 AM

Wayne Simmonds can’t be stopped right now as he goes short side rip for his 20th! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 10.50.12 AM

Brandon Saad hits the 20-goal marker as he goes top shelf on the rebound! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 10.52.40 AM

Mark Stone stays hot as well and deflects in his 17th of the year on the PP! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 10.57.19 AM

Patrick Eaves scores from the impossible angle for his fifth of the year! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 11.00.26 AM

Patrick Eaves does it again as he cuts in front and goes over the glove for his sixth! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 11.07.46 AM

Patrick Eaves completes the hat trick with his seventh of the year as he baseballs the puck out of mid-air! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 11.10.04 AM

Logan Couture put a Covert QR1 into play for the first time last night and goes roofing for his fifth of the season! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 11.12.35 AM

Patrick Marleau collapses to the net and tips in his 17th! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 11.15.19 AM

Joonas Donskoi with goal #9 as he stuffs in the nice feed from Couture! Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 11.17.50 AM

A great night for Warrior sticks with 10 goals!

Warrior PRO NHL Spotlight – February 9th

All this talk about making the nets bigger but, there seems to be a lot of scoring lately! Especially last night…we’ll start in Boston.

Dwight King finishes the 3-on-2 rush for his fifth of the season.  Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 9.55.44 AM

Brian Campbell gets his fifth the season as he threads one through traffic! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.13.03 AM

Mike Weber gets his first of the year on the quick shot from the side boards! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.21.24 AM

Chris Stewart scores his eighth of the year as he goes five-hole on the penalty shot! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.24.25 AM.png

Wayne Simmonds continues to be scorching hot as he scores #19 as he fights for the rebound on the PP! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.27.30 AM

Brendan Gallagher fires in the sweet short snapper for his 14th! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.32.16 AM

Valtteri Filppula walks into the circle and rips a wrister in for his seventh! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.36.00 AM

Devante Smith-Pelly gets a little lucky here as he gets his fifth on the deflection. Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.38.47 AM

Colton Parayko unleashes a bomb and nets his seventh of the year! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.42.26 AM

Patrick Eaves scores his fourth of the season with the wicked quick release on the PP! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.49.32 AM

Mikko Koivu stuff home his 11th on the scramble! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.52.13 AM

Adam Henrique with #18 on the year as he slams in the PP rebound! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.55.59 AM

Patrick Marleau with the rainmaker slapper for this 16th! Listen for the bar… Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.58.36 AM

Markus Granlund with the breakaway shorty for his fourth of the year! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.03.09 AM

14 Warrior goals last night. That took a while. I need a nap.