If you are looking for the best hockey sticks for the 2017-2018 season, you’ve come to the right place.
There’s a lot to think about when making your selection and I’ll show you what’s most important. You’ll see my top picks too.
What To Look For
There’s a few important things to analyze when purchasing a hockey stick and a lot of it comes down to personal preference. Here are the main aspects to consider:
- Whether you want a wood stick or composite stick
- If you want a 1 piece construction or 2 piece construction
- Stick flexibility and length
- Curve of blade
There are a few differences between a wood and composite stick. Many hockey players believe a wood stick gives you the most feel. However, they’re not very durable. Composite sticks will last longer and give you much more power; they’ll cost more, though.
Next, you need to decide between a 1 piece construction or 2 piece construction. 1 piece construction’s are a full stick with no break between the blade and shaft. They tend to be light weight and have a constant flex. A 2 piece construction allows you to customize your stick and to pick your shaft and blade.
After that, you have to pick the proper stick flexibility and length for your position, size and skill level. Here’s a great graph from HockeyGiant.com to summarize both:
This post mostly looks at sticks for senior and intermediate hockey players.
The shape of the blade is very important and there’s three main things to consider:
- Curve type
- Curve depth
- Face angle
Different positions require different curves. Here’s a video that explains everything:
Now that you know what to look for, you can pick the perfect stick. Let’s take a look at the top sticks now.
Bauer Vapor 1X Griptac Composite Stick ***Top Pick***
Many hockey players believe this is the best stick available. Besides offering puck control and quick shot technology, the Vapor X1 is lighter than almost all other hockey sticks. Also, it:
- Fits perfectly in your hands which gives you more control over your game
- Is extremely strong and durable
- And has a flex for all senior players and sizes
If you are serious about your game and want to perform at the absolute highest level you’re capable of, this is a piece of equipment you must consider.
Here’s a video that goes more in depth:
Bauer Supreme Total NXG Senior Grip Hockey Stick
Bauer makes great hockey sticks (there are so many NHL players that use them) and you will see a few more of their products on this list. The Supreme is an excellent choice and is for larger senior hockey players. There are versions for righties and lefties too. Also, it features:
- A power shaft and well known Dual Density Blade
- An extremely lightweight design that won’t slow you down
- A 30 day warranty and is very durable
If you are a strong person this is the perfect stick for you. It can withstand the loading needed for these types of players. You can find many college and high school stars sporting the Bauer Supreme.
STX Surgeon Ice Hockey Stick
Flex: 60 to 100
STX is a very fine company and they make many different kinds of hockey sticks. The Surgeon’s range from inexpensive and average to expensive and high performing; it depends on the type you get. This product is perfect for intermediate and senior players and features:
- A nice feel and improves your play making abilities
- Maximum load capacity
For the price, this is a very excellent product. Some claim it’s better than sticks that cost double. The shaft is a mix of fiberglass and carbon too.
Bauer Vapor X900 Senior Grip Hockey Stick
I told you there would be more Bauer equipment in this post and like the last one, the Vapor X900 is well loved and reviewed. This stick gives you a ton of control and is perfect for puck handling and fast shots. It won’t weigh you down and it:
- Is very high performing
- Comes with a 12k carbon composite shaft and blade construction
- Is made to last
This product has many different flexes to suit players of all sizes and skill levels. Many people feel this stick could be priced much higher because of its quality.
Easton Synergy HTX Senior Grip Hockey Stick
Flex: 85 to 100
In my mind, Easton is one of the most underrated sports companies around. I’ve used their products in many different sports and love their hockey products too. The Easton Synergy is one of the toughest pieces of hockey equipment available and is designed to last. Additionally, it comes with:
- A pro style shaft construction
- Increases in load and shot velocity
- A 30 day warranty
This stick is made to endure the beatings of hockey and to rip shots. If that’s something you value, make sure to consider the Synergy.
Sher-Wood Rekker EK60 Grip Composite Senior Stick
Flex: 65 to 90
Despite the company name being Sherwood, the Rekker EK60 is a composite stick; a high quality, composite stick too. It won’t slow you down and is made from some of the lightest and strongest materials available. Besides that, it will:
- Withstand slashes and hacks without chipping and breaking
- Improve shot time
- Gives you more accurate shots by ensuring the blade stays square with your target
The best part about the Rekker is how it feels – it’s like an extensions of your hands. You will definitely love how well you play with this stick
CCM Ribcor Grip Senior Hockey Stick
Flex: 75 to 85
Like the STK Surgeon, the CCM Ribcor comes in different models to suit your budget. Their products can cost between $59 and $269. They’re all great values and:
- Improve your shot loading time
- Will help you control the puck better and make precision passes
- And gives you a lot of power behind your shots
You can get this stick in many different flexes and suits many different senior sizes and skill levels. Intermediates can enjoy this stick too.
Warrior Covert DT4LT Hockey Stick
Flex: 50 to 85
If you don’t want to spend over a $100 on a new hockey stick and still want a quality piece of equipment the Warrior Covert is an option you should consider. This product is fairly priced and features:
- True1 Construction for a lighter blade and more balance
- Extremely durable and can last multiple seasons
- Lightweight design
The Covert is another stick that many different senior, intermediate, and youth players can enjoy. If all of this sounds appealing to you, click below:
True A SPB Composite Stick
Flex: 45 to 85
This is the only stick on the list that can be used by all sizes and skill levels. There are several different models that youth, juniors, intermediates and seniors can play with. It also:
- Is perfect for anyone looking for a faster and stronger slap shot
- Has a well made shaft that protects against damaging hits
- Comes with superior stick balance
A few of my friends swear by True products and love having them out on the ice. You will too.
Bauer Nexus N8000 Senior Hockey Stick
As I’ve mentioned Bauer makes top of the line products and they are my favorite brand for hockey equipment. The Nexus N8000 is made specifically for senior players looking to rip shots. This highly responsive stick makes handling the puck easy and:
- Comes with sweat spot technology for more precision on the ice
- Has a version for both righties and lefties
- Is designed for optimal feel and will last
This is a very solid stick and well loved. This is a purchase you definitely won’t regret.
Bauer Nexus N7000 Senior Stick
The last stick I recommend, the Bauer Nexus N7000, can be seen in the hands of many NHL players. It’s not quite as expensive as the N8000 but still provides great value and performance. Besides being durable and well made, this products features:
- Maximum load and gives you harder shots
- Technology that allows for precision passes
- Great feel for advanced puck handling
There are so many Bauer sticks to pick from. They truly are a fantastic company and make high quality equipment. The Nexus N7000 is one product you definitely should think about.
Don’t Play With Cheap Hockey Equipment
Hockey is a tough, fast sport. It requires good athleticism, sharp eyes and the right type of equipment. Your stick can be the difference between an upper shelf goal or a clunker off the post. Every product on this list will ensure you have the most accurate shots, precise passes and best handles. Anyone serious about their game should play with one of these sticks.
Also, if you are looking for a new pair of skates, I wrote an in depth guide based on my top picks. You can read it by clicking below:
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Are you ready to play your absolute best this season?