We give you the most comprehensive hockey information available on the internet. In this article, we spent DOZENS of hours gathering information on 2018’s best hockey sticks on the market.

With hundreds of hockey sticks available for sale, however, it’s impossible for you to personally experiment with each of them yourself. We wanted to take the pain out of your selection process and inform you of the best equipment so that you’re able to stay at the top of your game.

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1. STX Surgeon RX Hockey Stick

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Overview

STX is new to hockey, but they have made a name for themselves with their quality lacrosse gear. They have brought a little of that expertise into the new STX Surgeon stick.
After extensive pro-level testing, they have developed the exciting technology of the PureGrip shaft. This new shaft is a half-hexagonal shape that provides better ergonomics in the hand for improved control and stick feel.

The shaft is made of 12k carbon that is both durable and lightweight. The STX Surgeon is also incredibly balanced with its spear construction that extends the shaft all the way into the blade. This improves quick stick handling and makes the stick seem lighter than it already is.
The blade is the ultra-stiff Pureblade with QuadCore design that has horizontal carbon stringers and high-quality foams for great puck feel and improved blade durability.

Important Features

Weight: 430 grams
Length: 60 inches
Kick Point: Low
Shaft Shape: Half Hexagonal, rounded corners

What People are Saying

“The shots have great accuracy and pop, love the feel and snappiness to it.”

“I've been using the warrior qr1 and didn't think I'd ever want to try another stick. But I picked up the surgeon RX. I gave it a whirl in pregame warmups and was a seamless transition from my qr1 but with way more pop. I ended up using it for the whole game and scored twice. I wish I  had gotten a few more of these sticks”

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2. Bauer Vapor 1X Lite Stick

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Bauer Vapor 1X Lite Hockey Stick

 

Overview

The new and updated top of the line Bauer Vapor stick continues the tradition of innovation and technology. This model improves upon the previous Vapor 1X by decreasing the weight by 20 grams and making the release 11% quicker. The improved QRT+ technology provides better stability when taking slap shots and hard passes, making this overall more versatile than previous Vapor sticks. The blade is also upgraded with thinner carbon layers in their ACL blade technology that speeds up shot release and reduces weight.
The shaft is the proven TeXtreme carbon fiber with added eLASTech resin that helps extend the life of the stick and stops cracks from spreading further. The Vapor 1X is a true one-piece construction that improves balance and energy transfer. Overall, this is the premier stick from Bauer and offers the highest performance available.

Important Features

Weight: 394 grams
Length: 60 inches
Kick Point: Low
Shaft Shape: Rounded corners, double concave sidewalls

What People are Saying

“This thing is insanely lightweight. I thought I had been sent an empty box! You truly will not believe how light it is. Or, for that matter how strong it is! Very accurate, and very gentle on your hands/wrists at you strike the puck, and it looks amazing. I have to reinforce: it is amazingly light and just amazing. This will help you improve your game, and do it with style!”

“I was previously using the 2016 1N which I was a big fan of. I've never used the Vapor line of sticks, so I was really impressed with the “quick release” category of sticks.
I was able to try out last year's 1X with this year's 1X Lite on the store's small ice rink and I can comfortably say you can feel the difference between the two. The 1X Lite felt much more comfortable and the stiffness of the blade was definitely noticed and I was immediately sold on the 1X Lite.”

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3. TRUE A6.0 HT Hockey StickTrue A6.0 HT Hockey Stick

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Overview

This is the first low kick point stick from True, offering responsive and quick release wrist and snapshots. While this is one of the lightest sticks out today, the True A6.0 HT also has the best swing weight of any stick that makes it feel almost weightless and perfectly balanced in your hands. The shaft is a premium carbon twill in the industry-leading Axenic one-piece construction that is extremely consistent for better energy transfer and improved the impact strength by 20% over the previous model.
The HT is for the Hair Trigger technology, and the speed matches its name. This stick is designed for players looking to get off a quick shot and typically generate shot power from their wrists. Overall, the True A6.0 HT is one of the most well thought out sticks out now, offering a great mix of lightweight and high-performance features.

Important Features

Weight: 415 grams
Length: 60 inches
Kick Point: Low
Shaft Design: Square Corners, Concave Sidewalls

What People are Saying

“Finally a low kick point from True! This stick exceeds my expectations. Great feel and the snap shot hasn’t felt better. It would be nice if it was a little cheaper.”
“I have tried a lot of sticks and didn't notice much difference until I tried the TRUE line of sticks. The first thing I noticed was the accuracy of passing and shooting. The second thing I noticed was the ability to receive hard passes.”

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4. Warrior AK27 SL Hockey StickWarrior AK27 SL Stick

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Overview

One of Warriors longest running line of sticks, the AK27 SL improves on what people know and love from this cult classic. The low kick point is updated with the Saber Taper found in the Alpha QX line that improves torsional stiffness during shots for better accuracy. The shaft is a high strength to weight Minimus Carbon 800 in a true one-piece construction that enhances puck feel, control, and overall balance.
The shaft shape and feel has remained unchanged for years, with the velvety soft grip that people either love or hate. The Warrior AK27 SL is an overall excellent, well-balanced workhorse that has proven why it has been around for so long.

Important Features

Weight: 405 grams
Length: 60 inches
Kick Point: Medium-Low
Shaft Design: Rounded Corners, Concave Sidewalls

What People are Saying

“Bought this in store for what I felt was a fair price. Feels a lot like my old CCM Tacks which was awesome. Light and powerful at the same time. The grip is just right. The shaft is perfect. Got a point in my first game out on the ice with this!”

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5. Warrior Alpha QX Hockey StickWarrior Alpha QX Stick

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Overview

The word ALPHA speaks for itself. If you want to dominate, pick up this stick from Warrior. The newest technology introduced on the QX is the Quick Strike Technology paired with the low kick point Saber Taper that makes it effortless to load up a shot and have a quick release. The Minimus Carbon is ultra-lightweight but also more durable as it holds up to slashes 40% better than the QRL. This material in the Warrior True 1 piece design makes the stick almost float in your hand with how balanced the feel is. The shaft is very ergonomic and smooth on the touch, and the grip has textured corners and a super soft grip finish.
Overall, this is truly a premium stick which offers everything you can expect from a top-notch stick and is made to hold up for lasting performance.

Important Features

Weight: 413 grams
Length: 63 inches
Kick Point: Low
Shaft Design: Rounded Corners / Concave Sidewalls

What People are Saying

“The Warrior Alpha QX is one of the most lightweight sticks I have ever picked up and the balance is unmatched. It gives me the confidence to just get on the ice and play. I never have to worry about how it feels in my hands.”

“It has a properly fitted ergonomic shaft that fits snuggly into your hand. Combining this with the True 1 Phantom Feel feature really makes this one of the most responsive sticks you can find.”

“These are all great features but best is the quick release and accuracy. I now have a better ability to get shots off quickly and on the net with the Warrior Alpha QX.”

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6. Bauer Supreme S190 Hockey StickBauer Supreme S190 Hockey Stick

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Overview

The Bauer Supreme S190 stick is a high-end stick at a more affordable price than the absolute top of the line. The main feature of the stick is the versatile kick point. The Maximum Power Kick flex profile makes for super powerful slappers and the extended Transfer Zone makes it quicker for snap and wrist shots. The PowerSense 2 blade is very stable and reduces the blade from twisting to maintain extreme accuracy. The constructions is a lightweight 12k carbon fiber in a fused one-piece design with a raised balance point making it feel light in the hands.
Overall, the Supreme S190 stick is a great value and has many high- priced features great for any type of player.

Important Features

Weight: 466 grams
Length: 60 inches
Kick Point: High
Shaft Design: Square Double Concave

What People are Saying

“It is lightweight and his handling is great. The one thing I have to get used to is hand positioning with the mid-kick because when I take shots it flies off the stick (great) but just a bit too high.”

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7. Sherwood Rekker EK365 StickSherwood Rekker EK365 Stick

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Overview

The Sherwood Rekker is THE LIGHTEST stick on the market today. Sherwood worked hard to bring such a lightweight and high-performance stick available. The stick is made from BlackLine carbon fiber that has thinner strands than more traditional sticks. There is actually 3 layers of this carbon, all laid by hand to create a much more durable and consistent stick. This is also first graphene-infused composite stick in the market. Graphene is embedded in the lower third of the shaft to protect from slashes and reduce the change of breaking when loading a quick snap shot. Graphene makes the Rekker lighter but at the same time more stable and sturdy.
Overall, this is an extremely lightweight and responsive stick with some of the most advanced features available today.

Important Features

Weight: 385 grams
Length: 60.75 inches
Kick Point Position: Low
Shaft Design: Rounded Corners / Straight Sidewalls

What People are Saying

“I got this beast for Christmas and it's probably the nastiest twig I've ever owned. It's light it feels great in the hands my dangles have never been dirtier. I would rate it 6/5 if they would let me. Be a beauty and pick up a Rekker!”

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8. CCM RBZ 380 Hockey StickCCM RBZ 380 Stick

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Overview

The RBZ 380 was made for the player looking for a stick to do it all at an affordable price.
The CCM RBZ 380 Grip Composite Hockey Stick is unique because of its custom kick point and variable flex profile that changes depending on where you put your hand for a shot. This means you can shoot from about anywhere, and the stick will adapt. A top feature is the PowerHosel 2 that was in last years top of the line RBZ stick. This means the shaft extends deeper into the blade increasing energy transfer and accuracy. It also features the SpeedPocket blade that was developed with TaylorMade Golf that channels more energy than foam blades to increase the snap of a snapshot.

Overall this is a great entry level stick that is a jack of all trades. It is not the lightest, but will be durable and has many high-end features that make this stick worth considering.

Important Features

Weight: 460 grams
Length: 62 inches
Kick Point Position: Variable Kick Point
Shaft Design: Rounded Corners, Straight Sidewalls

What People are saying

“I was lucky enough to get a few of these from CCM and I loved them but at the 2 week point the blade was DESTROYED. there was more black then white from all the chips. I know I play a hard defensive game style but thats silly. but when it is not broken its a heck of a stick and does exactly what its advertised to do.”

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9. CCM Tacks 7092 Hockey StickCCM Tacks 7092 Hockey Stick

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Overview

The CCM Tacks 7092 builds upon the top technologies of the previous Tacks line but with improved materials and the new dual flex profile that offers a kick point for any shot type. The shaft is a basket weave carbon that is lightweight without sacrificing durability and is reinforced with Bumper Technology that provides extra protection from slashes and abuse. The blade is a 12k carbon that is lightweight and stiff to balance the stick and improve puck feel. Overall, the CCM Tacks 7092 of performance and consistency.
This stick offers great value for its price and it is all-around great.

Important Features

Weight: 465 grams
Length: 59 inches
Kick Point: Mid
Shaft Design: Rounded Corners / Straight Sidewalls

What People are Saying

“I bought the tacks 7092 2 weeks ago and it has the same features as the super tacks 2.0 with shot being constant I can place the puck where ever I want it to go but one feature that stood out is that there were multiple kicks points one for your wrist shots and one for your slap shots. I'm am very happy with the performance level of the stick.”

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10. Sherwood Rekker EK 40 StickSherwood EK40 Hockey Stick

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Overview

The Sher-Wood REKKER EK40 Stick is lightweight, low kick and overall very reliable. It provides perfect balance and stability, making your aim accurate and consistent. It is affordable but is well designed at this price point. Just like the Rekker EK60, the lightest stick on the market, the EK40 has the VRF2 blade that is the most responsive and vibration dampening blade out today.
Overall, those with a lower budget, this stick will do just fine. It is also beginner friendly, so it is definitely a great first-time stick for just about anyone interested in hockey.

Important Features

Weight: 460 grams
Length: 60 inches
Kick Point Position: Low
Shaft Design: Rounded Corners / Straight Sidewalls

What People are Saying

“Pretty Good sticks, I love to play with them, I have better shots now. Very fun and easy stick to use. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in buying a new stick”

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Conclusion

We hope our list of top hockey sticks has helped you in your search for high-quality equipment that’ll keep you at the top of your game. If you’ve used any of the equipment we reviewed, leave us a comment below and also feel free to ask any questions. We love engaging with you guys and your question may even turn out to be the subject of our next featured blog post!

What to Consider When Buying a Hockey Stick

The “feel” of a Stick

The most important aspect you want with your stick is the “feel” you have with it. The feel is your ability to sense where the puck is when it's touching your stick. It doesn't matter your blade pattern, length of shaft or durability if you can't feel where the puck is with your stick.

We'll reference the “feel” a bit more throughout the guide, but this is something to keep in mind while we are going over this stuff.

Price Ranges of Sticks

There are three price ranges you'll want to keep in mind. You should choose what level of play you're looking to participate in, then use that to set your budget for purchasing your stick. You shouldn't buy a cheap stick if you are trying to play competitively.

$50 to 60 will get you a decent composite stick. This is the lowest you will find an OK stick for. If you are looking for a good starter stick that will probably be outgrown quickly, you can find some good ones in this range.

$120 to 180 is the mid-range of sticks. If you are playing competitively, but are still growing (and will unlikely grow your stick quickly), then this is probably the range you are looking for.

$200 and above is where you'll find the top of the line sticks. These are the ones that the pros are using. They'll have the best feel, while also being durable and light.

Composite or Wood?

This is a bit of a personal preference, but it seems that most people are starting to lean towards composite more often than wood. The argument for using a wood stick is that it has a better, more authentic feel. However, composite sticks are catching up to that with one-piece constructions, which we'll learn about below.

The problem with wood is that it isn't as durable as a composite. Composite is a bit more expensive, but is typically the most up-to-date, using state of the art technology to give you a durable stick that will still have a great feel.

Two-Piece or One-Piece (OPS)?

Like I mentioned about, one-piece sticks have a better feel than a two-piece. This is because the OPS has a consistent flex point by being one long piece and not having a break in the stick between your hands and the puck. Also, OPS will usually be lighter because there is no overlap in material and glue where the two-piecers fit together.

However, two-piece sticks allow you to create a unique combination by selecting your own blade and shaft.

In my opinion, I think one-piece composite sticks are the way to go, but this is up to your preference obviously.

The Flex of the Shaft

The flex of the shaft is how flexible it is. There are ratings between 35 and 110 when it comes to shaft flex, with 35 being the least stiff stick and 110 being the stiffest. The flex score is actually the amount of pressure in pounds that is required to flex the center of the stick 1″. So if it only takes 35lbs to flex the shaft 1″, then it'll get a score of 35 and obviously be less stiff than a stick that takes 110lbs of pressure to do the same thing.

An easy rule of thumb to choosing the best flex score for yourself is to divide your weight by 2. This is a good place to start when choosing your stick. We have a handy little chart in the next section that will help you decide flex and length based on your height and weight.

Some other factors to take into account is that if you play defense more, a stiffer stick is probably preferable since you'll be taking more long-range slap shots, while forwards tend to prefer less resistance in the flex so they have an easier time with snap and wrist shots.

How Long Should Your Stick Be?

The length of your stick is mostly based on your height since a tall player needs a longer stick in order for it to reach the ground. However, you can be a tall player who plays bent over for most of the game, which would mean you'd want a shorter stick. The same idea if your a shorter player who tends to stand straighter for most of the game.

Think about what type of player you are and how your typical stance is. If it's pretty bent compared to other players, go for a shorter stick. Also, you can get sticks shortened down or extended to fit you exactly. Keep in mind that if you shorten a stick, the flex will increase and vis versa.

Here is a nifty chart for choosing your stick length and flex.

Age GroupHeight (ft)Weight (lbs)FlexLength
Youth (3 to 5)3' to 3' 10"30 to 653538 to 44"
Youth (6 to 8)3' 10" to 4' 8"50 to 8040 / 4545 to 49"
Junior (7 to 13)4' 4" to 5' 1"70 to 11050 / 5550 to 54"
Intermediate (11 to 14)4' 11" to 5' 4"92 to 1256055 to 58"
Intermediate (12 to 15)5' 2" to 5' 8"100 to 14065 / 7055 to 58"
Senior (14+)5' 5" to 5' 10"125 to 17575 / 8057 to 61"
Senior (14+)5' 7" to 6' 1"150 to 20085 / 9058 to 62"
Senior (14+)5' 10" to 6' 4"180 to 235100 / 10560 to 63"
Senior (14+)6' 1" + 210 +110 / 11560 to 63"

Hockey Stick Blade Patterns

There are a few different types of blade patterns we'll like to look at. They all have different implications for how the stick functions and should be tailored to your preferences as a player.

The blade pattern is the specific type of curve of your blade. Most sticks typically have 5 to 10 different blade patterns available to choose from.

Curve Direction – This is simply if your blade curves to the right or the left. If you are right-handed, you'll likely want your right hand to be the top hand on your stick. This would mean you'd want a left curve and the opposite if your left handed.

Curve Type – This is where the curve starts on your blade. Think of the blade like a foot, with a heel, mid, and toe. If the curve starts at the heel, it'll be a heel curve.

Curve Depth – This is the degree of the curve. There is a slight curve, moderate curve, or a deep curve. A deep curve makes it easier to lift shots, which a slight curve gives you more overall control of the puck.

Face Angle – This ranges from closed to open. A closed face angle will cup over the top of the puck more. This is good for puck protection. An open face will be angled back away from the puck which allows you to lift the puck easier.

Blade Length – This is either short, medium or long.

Lie – This is how the blade is angled in relation to the shaft. You want to have the bottom of your blade lie flat against the ice, so you need to take into consideration at what angle you typically hold your stick at. If you hold it very steeply, you'll want a high angle. If you have your blade out farther in front of you, you'll want a low angle.

Grip or Clear Finish?

So should you get your stick with a clear finish or with grip? The grip is an added texture that is meant to help you have a better grip on your stick. Some find this as a good thing while others feel that it limits their ability to slide their lower hand down the stick.

A third option is to get a Matte finish. It's becoming more popular and is a smooth, velvety finish on the end of your stick.

That's enough for learning about hockey sticks. Let's get on to our list!