Learn More About Hockey Sticks
It’s your main weapon on the ice—amplify your game with the right hockey stick.
From the streets to the arena, shop the spectrum of hockey sticks, available in a variety of innovative materials and constructions. Browse the collection:
Discover the stick you need from popular hockey brands, like Bauer®, Easton®, CCM® and Reebok®.
Consider flex, stiffness, lie and the length of your stick when making your purchase.
- Determining Stiffness: The stiffness of your shaft is important to determining control on the ice. Most stick shafts come with flexes of medium, stiff or extra stiff. Beginners should opt for a stick with medium stiffness. Larger, stronger players need a stick with a stiffer flex, to better distribute weight on the ice. Defensemen often choose a heavier stick. Forwards and smaller players should use a lightweight stick with extra flex.
- Determining Stick Length: It’s a fact—controlling an oversized or undersized stick is difficult. Finding the correct stick for your size is critical to your game. Sticks come in two basic sizes: junior and senior. Junior sticks generally range between 46 and 54 inches, while senior sticks are generally between 56 and 62 inches. Offensive players tend to use a shorter stick for better puck control, while defensive players choose larger sticks, which are better for pocking the puck away from an oncoming forward. Finding the exact fit is a challenge—when in doubt, select a larger stick that can be cut down.
- Stick Lie: The lie of your stick is the measurement of how your blade is angled in relation to the shaft. This factor determines how the blade rests on the ice. Higher lies are best for larger players who skate in an upright position. Lower lies work for smaller players to skate bent over, closer to the ice.
It takes a tough stick to stand up to your hockey game. Modern shafts come in a ray of innovative materials, designed for both a lightweight feel and strength on the ice. The shaft you choose is a matter of personal choice.
- Titanium is typically used as the sole material in stock construction. Similar to Kevlar, titanium has a reputation as a light yet aggressive stick on the ice.
- Fiberglass sticks have a wood core and are reinforced with a fiberglass coating. The wood core makes them somewhat heavy.
- Aluminum hockey sticks are designed completely of aluminum, creating a stick that is relatively heavy but also strong on the ice. Aluminum sticks employ replaceable r blades.
- Graphite is used in variety of ways during stick construction. Graphite can be used as a coating or reinforcing material and is sometimes mixed with other materials to form a shaft. Graphite can also be used entirely on its own as a stick material. Graphite sticks employ replaceable blades.
- Kevlar sticks are among the strongest and most lightweight sticks in hockey today. Kevlar can be used by itself or mixed with other materials in stick construction.