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Thomas Warrior Ritual Pads

 

Tim Thomas Warrior Ritual Pads

Tim Thomas wore a pair of these Warrior pads for the first time in the Bruins final regular season game.

In what was a surprise to even the people that made them, Tim Thomas broke out a new pair of Warrior Ritual pads for the Boston Bruins’ final game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon.

If the fact Thomas tried something new isn’t a surprise – he has worn everything under the sun over the years, including a new set of unbranded pads from Chris Piku just three weeks ago – breaking them out in the final game before the playoff is.

Thomas even surprised the guys at Warrior, who expected him to try the pads over the summer, not the final playoff tune up.

That Thomas is trying Warrior isn’t a total shock, however. Among the many brands he’s worn in the past was an unbranded set of Smith pads, which were made by Pete Smith, who took over as Warrior’s designer last summer and launched the new Ritual pads.

In fact many wondered if the mystery pads Thomas wore in training camp were also new Warriors. It turned out they too were made by Piku, and as InGoal was the first to report that day, Piku also claimed to heavily modify the Vaughn equipment Thomas wore to win the Stanley Cup, Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy last season. Thomas stuck with the Reebok blocker until switching to Piku in March, but the Warrior Ritual pads were not modified before being approved by Kay Whitmore at the NHL offices.

InGoal Magazine was the first to get a set of the Warrior Rituals for review, and the results were impressive. Be sure to read the review in the December edition of the magazine, and check out the video reviews of the pads and gloves below. And check out Warrior’s new customizer, which launched this week, to design a set of your own. With more color zones than anyone else, we’re pretty sure you can come up with something more adventurous than Thomas. For him, just wearing them at this time of year is adventure enough.

Warrior Ritual pad video review:

Warrior Ritual gloves video review:

 

 

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12 Responses to Tim Thomas breaks out Warrior Ritual pads in Bruins final game

  1. Matt in Montreal says:

    Be a major coup for Warrior if we see Thomas in ‘em next season.

    Poor Vaughn ;(

  2. craig says:

    id like to ask tim if hes not using his old pads if i could get them and use them to play in my leage in my home town????

  3. Matt in Montreal says:

    Can you text him and ask him what he’s diggin’ on the Rituals?

  4. Ted says:

    Any photos of Thomas in the Warriors from the game?

    • Sorry Ted we didn’t have a photographer at that game unfortunately and we don’t publish photos that we don’t have the rights to (copyright infringement and all that). We hope to have someone at the first playoff game and if he’s wearing them, we’ll get the shots. Stay tuned.

  5. Dan from Quebec says:

    You can see Thomas with Warrior pads on this video: http://video.bruins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=977

  6. Guillaume Charron says:

    I just tweet to you a photo of my new Ritual gear. It looks a lot like the one tested by Tim Thomas. And no, I don’t play for the real Sea Dogs (when you will see the photo, you’l understand). You can show de photo if you want. :)

    My tweet account: gcharron33

  7. Super80 says:

    These pads look great, but I have two comments.

    1. I question their durability as the look “broken in” right out of the box.
    2. I notice many of the same features on my Koho Revolutions…which I bought in 1993. (glove and blocker).

  8. Laird Goolsby says:

    Why is Thomas now using the Warrior stick rather than the Reebok one? I know that he was using the Reebok one until recently.

  9. BonesDT says:

    Isn’t that table top boot channel illegal in the NHL?

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