When we designed the Ritual G3 line of pads, trapper and blocker, we set out to create products that would elevate every goalie’s game through performance driven innovation. The G3 set a new standard for goalie equipment performance; maximizing coverage, stability and mobility all while being the lightest gear on the market. With that said, there are still some aspects of modern goalie gear that do not suit every goalie out there. There are elements of past designs that are still relevant to goalies today and these features are important for some in how they move about their crease. As we designed the new Ritual GT line, these are some of the questions we asked ourselves:
Hayley Wickenheiser, one of Canada’s most iconic athletes of the last 20-years, announced today that she is retiring from competition.
An icon in every sense of the word, Wickenheiser leaves the hockey world with an astonishing list of accomplishments and the respect and admiration of millions worldwide. Five Olympic medals (four gold, one silver), two Olympic MVP awards and 13 World Championship medals (seven gold, six silver), highlight a career that spanned more than 20-years.
Happy New Year from the Warrior Goalie team! We hope you checked out and enjoyed our video highlighting the all new Ritual GT gear line and Ritual CR composite stick line. We are very excited to be bringing these new high performance products to you in the spring of 2017.
This past April, we launched the Ritual G3 line of pads and gloves. These high performance products have not only set a new standard for our competition to try and match but they have set a new expectation for what a set of gear can mean to your game. We have created the lightest pads and gloves on the market! At the same time, the G3 line offers exceptional stability, protection, durability and overall performance. We also introduced industry leading programs such as our six-month product warranty, our custom leg pad fit guarantee and an extensive product demo program through our retail partners.
As many of you know, Pete Smith has been designing goalie gear for a long time. In fact, this year marks Pete’s 30th anniversary in the business of designing and building goalie equipment.
In 1986, the summer before his senior year of high school, Pete made his first sale. It was a blocker and trapper set that he made in his parent’s basement. He had brought a sample pair of gloves he built to a goalie camp to show his childhood idol Dan Bouchard (Quebec Nordiques) who was coaching that week. He received his first order from a fellow camper and thus he began his career in the goalie business. By 1987, Pete was designing and building pads and gloves for the retail market as a contractor for the brand Victoriaville (Vic).
From his early days in the business, Pete was an innovator. In 1990, he started building pads for Tom Barrasso. That season, Tom and the Pittsburgh Penguins got off to a shaky start. About 10 games in to the season, Barrasso switched into a new pad designed and built by Pete. With its unique hinged knee and ankle design, the pads looked like nothing else on the market at the time. The foam core design and all white shell looked boxy and, quite frankly, bizarre compared to all the soft and squishy dear hair stuffed leather pads of the era. They may have looked strange, but they worked for Barrasso. He immediately went 8 and 0, before capping off a solid season with a Stanley Cup championship, then winning the Cup again the next year. As odd as they may have looked, those pads were way ahead of their time.
As hockey season begins across North America, goalies of all ages are entering their crease looking to elevate their game to a higher level than ever before. At Warrior, we aim to deliver the highest performing and lightest equipment on the market. We truly believe the Ritual G3 provides goalies the best chance at stealing wins, posting shutouts and winning championships this upcoming season.
When choosing the size of your Custom Ritual G3 Leg Pads, it is important that you feel confident the personalized product you receive will fit properly. Warrior is committed to your satisfaction with equipment that performs and fits great. This is why we recently introduced, an industry leading, six month warranty on all Ritual G3 products which you can learn more about *HERE*
We are now excited to offer you our Custom Leg Pad Fit Guarantee! Whether you go into an authorized Warrior Ritual dealer or you’re making your sizing decisions on your own, using our sizing fit guide, you can order with confidence knowing that if the leg pads arrive and do not fit as you anticipated, we will build a new set with your desired size change. The full details of this offer can be found *HERE*
The Swagger PRO is the foundation of our foam core collection. It continues to be a top choice of NHLer’s who use Foam Core sticks because of it’s optimal puck feel, balanced weight, and consistent durability. The paddle is a thick construction urethane RIM core, offering stiff flex when passing and superb durability against high impact shots. The blade and paddle utilize strategically placed ABS plastic inserts for optimal durability without negatively affecting the weight and balance of the stick. The handle is a combination of Birch/Aspen with Fiberglass laminate on both the front and back face which keeps the top of the stick lightweight while providing extreme durability from impact. This stick is made exclusively in our Finland factory.