The market for hockey sticks has come a long way since the early days of one-piece wooden shafts. Today’s most popular sticks have become increasingly specialized and high-tech to help suit the wide array of skills sets found on the ice. Here are the most popular hockey sticks of 2018-19, many of which you can find in SidelineSwap’s hockey section.
CCM’s latest work with the Super Tacks AS1 pushes the boundaries of composite sticks as we know them. It’s the lightest, most durable, and most powerful stick to arrive in the famous Super Tacks line, thanks in large part to its new shaft construction and redesigned mid-kick point technology. Any offensive-minded player should consider hopping on the AS1 trend.
CCM’s Ribcor line has become a popular choice among players today, mainly credited to the ease with which you can load up and the quick release you get on shots. CCM’s latest variant in the Ribcor line, the Trigger 3D, is no different. With a flex profile designed based off of feedback from actual NHL players, combined with redesigned Pop-Matrix Technology, the Trigger features a low-kick point and ultra-light feel.
Bauer’s Nexus 2N has become a popular choice for skill players across the board. It’s one of the best sticks available for defensemen, but it’s also suitable for more offensively-oriented players thanks to its lightweight responsiveness.
Another popular choice for players at the elite level today, the 2S has a square corner construction and straight sidewall shaft which more traditional players love. The 2S also features Maximum Power Kick technology to ensure your shots are as powerful as can be.
The Vapor 1X Lite is Bauer’s most lightweight stick from the Vapor line to date. It’s a true one-piece stick loaded with QRT technology and an Advanced Carbon Layering blade design, all while weighing under 400 grams.
6. CCM Jetspeed
CCM’s work behind the Jetspeed stick line has improved year after year. This year, the stick received a newly designed shaft geometry that is better suited to the natural curvature of players’ hands, and an upgraded Sigmatex 18K carbon fiber-loaded shaft to help with its weight distribution and pop-life.
True was pretty deliberate with their release of the A6.0 SBP stick this year. SBP quite literally stands for: strength, balance, and power. In terms of strength, the stick is loaded with True’s BRT+ blade technology, which improves the twig’s durability while reducing its overall thickness. With a one-piece composition and optimized weight distribution, it’s as balanced as any composite stick available today and loaded with explosive power via True’s SmartFlex technology.
Bauer’s Nexus 1N is a popular choice for skill players across the board. It’s one of the best sticks available for defensemen, but also suitable for more offensively-oriented players thanks to its lightweight responsiveness.
Another popular choice for players at the elite level is the predecessor to the 2S. Bauer loaded the Supreme 1S with a pressurized gel core that can withstand the high-energy impacts that players’ sticks endure on the
Warrior launched its Covert line of sticks a few years back with the intention to create the lightest composite stick yet. The result is pretty close to that. Even in 2019, the QRL remains a popular choice for players who are loyal to Warrior equipment.
The Alpha QX Pro is another Warrior stick that's still in the spotlight today. Players love its patented Quick Strike technology, which Warrior claims channels their “most explosive, precision accurate release” yet.