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.
Launch day has arrived, but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes?
I recorded a podcast interview with Jean-Sebastien Dorval (JS) our product designer in Montreal about what went into designing the Covert Throwback Collection.
Take a listen – it’s very interesting.
As a support to this podcast, JS and I thought we’d show you some of the designs that didn’t make the cut and the process to create the final designs. These are designs that, for whatever reason, did not fit the “Modern Throwback” direction or fit the color combos our product team was going for.
When we first previewed our Covert QRL Throwback product line last year at our product review meetings, I had an instant wave of nostalgia hit me.
Chris, our head of player product, walked the group through some design boards with a product strategy that explained building a limited release line of product that was influenced by our first lines of sticks. It was an amazing idea, blend some of what made Warrior stand out when we first hit the market 10 years ago, while building our very best performing product of today.
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.