The Monster recently crossed the Canada-US border and thanks to this special report from MiHockeyNow.com, we now know he was last seen wearing a Red Wings uniform and a brand new set of Warrior Ritual pads.
After three rough-and-tumble seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jonas Gustavsson took his talents to Detroit, where he signed a new two-year deal worth $3 million big ones.
Warrior, which is based in Warren, MI, was holding a photography showcase for their NHL-endorsed goalies, and Michael Caples from MiHockeyNow caught up with Gustavsson during the event.
“It’s been going great today,” Gustavsson said. “The Warrior guys are always good to me. Coming here and doing the photo shoot is fun, so it’s been a good day so far.”
Because of this photo shoot, we were able to create his template for the new season and get a head start on tracking his pads for his first year with Detroit!
The Warrior pads, made by renowned pad creator Pete Smith, offer terrific pro-level protection in a lightweight and streamlined package. Their exclusive binding-less construction allows for increased durability by taking away the typical wear points on leg pads, and their new ‘Knee Leveler’ stabilizes the knee landing area as well.
There are also plenty of adjustable strap positions on the pad, including three different spots on the boot.
The Warrior Rituals also have an exclusive post wedge panel, which provides increased protection to the outer calf. It also helps Gustavsson to seal the pad to the post when he’s crouching, which is beneficial for the lanky Swede. The sliding toe bridge is another benefit for Gustavsson, as the thin thigh rises allow the top of his pads to overlap each other when in his wide stance.
Overall, Gustavsson has continued his loyalty to the Warrior brand with his first set for the 2012-13 season, and knowing that he’s proudly displaying pads that were made in Michigan, it’s safe to say he’ll feel right at home when the NHL finally drops the puck!