Mission of JRZ Canada

Our business, which manufactures goaltending equipment and customized hockey bags on a world level, has for mission :

  • To manufacture products of exceptional quality that meet and even exceed customer demands;
  • To respect the agreed bill books;
  • To sell at the best price in order to satisfy our client and our growth;
  • To develop for our customers products that are unique and exclusive on the market.

 

JRZ CANADA, History and Overview

1991 – 1994

  • Summer 1991
    Purchase of first sewing machine and set up of first repair shop in home basement.
  • January 1993
    Official launch of JRZ CANADA as company.
  • July 1993
    Move to first location about 400 sq/ft as repair and pro shop. First sample of goalie gloves.
  • July 1994
    Made renovation and jumped to 1000 sq/ft location.

All of the above were all part time/sideline job while working for the Quebec Nordiques as Assistant equipement manager between 1989 and 1995.

I had the great opportunity to be practically raised in the Nordiques dressing room as my Dad was the equipment manager between 1980 to 1995.

After the Nordiques left, I spent a full year expending my business.

1995

  • Launch of JRZ CANADA line of trapper / blocker
  • Employment of the first employee

1996 to 1998

  • Worked as head equipement manager for the Quebec Rafales in IHL while still working part time with a full time employee doing repairs and new products.

Spring 1998

  • First meeting with Greg Goyer from Itech for potential product construction and development.

Fall 1998

  • Disappearance of the Rafales and signing up of the first deal between Itech and JRZ for the production of Itech trapper and blocker by JRZ.
  • Relocation to a new building of 2 300 sq/ft.
  • From 1 to 8 employees.
  • Chicago Blackhawks, first major customer in bags.

2001

  • Relocation to a 7000 sq/ft facility, reconduction of Itech/JRZ contract, beginning of leg pads production.
  • From 8 to 12 employees.

2004

  • Move to new location of 11 000 sq/ft, reconduction of Itech/JRZ contract launch of 11.8 serie.
  • From 12 to 20 employees.

2010

  • Reconduction of now Bauer JRZ contract, launch in same season of one100 and RX 10 series.
  • From 20 to 30 employees.

2011

  • #1 in bags in the NHL and AHL with 35% of the business out of 5 manufacturers.

2012

  • Relocation in a 18 000 sq/ft facility.
  • Launch of the new innovative MYFLEX system in the Total One serie..

Jean-René Lavigueur, Owner