“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.
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.
Jared Quartuccio – Custom Services Manager, Sticks
“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.