How to Size A Hockey Stick

What We Cover:

Choosing the Right Length

It doesn’t matter if you’re rocking a pro-stock winter classic stick, or a street hockey twig: if the size of your stick isn’t right, you won’t ever graduate past being a bender. While not every professional player follows conventional sizing rules, if you’re not quite at that point in your development yet, a good starting point for any aspiring player is finding a stick that reaches your chin on skates, or nose in shoes.

Choosing Materials

Wood vs. Composite

If you’re just starting your search, your choices for sticks are pretty clear-cut as far as materials go. You’ll opt for either wood or composite. While wooden sticks will be friendlier on your wallet, generally more durable, and give you a more authentic feel of the puck, they’re typically not advised past the intermediate level. If you’re past the days of Pee Wee puck and are starting to get your feet under you, a composite is probably your best bet. Popular models from brands like CCM, Bauer, and Warrior all offer lightweight, high-performance options.


Flex, or how flexible/stiff a hockey stick is when force is applied to it, is especially useful to consider when thinking about your own measurables and the position you’d like to play.

Here’s a helpful chart to consult when considering the wide array of Flex options:


Curve Types and Lie

Most players know that hockey sticks come either left-handed or right-handed, but few are aware of how things like lie and curve types affect what stick you should choose. Here are some important factors to consider if you’re looking to grow into a more advanced stick.

Curve Types
Stick blades are not just straight lines. Todays blades come in a wide array of curves, shapes and sizes. The three most popular blade curves today are defined by where the actual curve begins: toe curves, mid curves, and heel curves. Looking for the perfect stick for toe drags? Sort by toe curve on SidelineSwap. Still trying to get your legs under you? The straighter the curve, the better.

The lie of the hockey stick is the angle between the blade of the stick and the shaft. For beginners, the best lie is the one that places the stick’s blade evenly and centered on the ice, not just on the toe or heel.

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