A great shot starts at the heel of the blade and causes the puck to roll forward toward the tip. So Reebok decided to actually design this blade to become stiffer towards the end. Thus allowing the heel to bend more and get more energy from the shot. They’ve also kept their signature Dual Grip to ensure that players can load up their shot with as much potential energy as possible. As far as all around power and control goes, it doesn’t get any better than this.
This stick just feels right. But it will work best for two way players and centers that need a little bit of everything in their game. It’s light enough for quick and smooth stick handling, but strong enough for powerful one timers and snap shots. With a variety of blades and flexes to choose from, any kind of player can find exactly what they need in this stick to elevate their game. No wonder some of the top players in the game are turning to Easton.
Bauer sticks are known for making life easier for any player, and the new Vapor APX is no exception. It’s difficult to find a stick that feels light enough for quick wrist shots, but solid enough for effective slap shots, but the APX pulls it off. And it’s no accident. A near perfect energy transfer system allows for amazingly quick release with deadly force and accuracy to sneak by unsuspecting goal tenders. There’s also a dual kick system on the blade that allows great shot control for beautiful top shelf slap and snap shots. And the most impressive feature is Bauer’s patented Dual Density Blade Core which allows players to settle hard passes and deflections with control and ease. This stick has it all, and it truly is the best.
CCM is known for creating light sticks that are designed for a quick release and powerful shot. The only disadvantage was that they didn’t last too long, so after a few months it always felt as though any hard shot could be the stick’s last. So they went back to the drawing board and came up with the RBZ. It still packs quite a punch but will last longer than the U+ Crazy Light. There are lots of different flexes to choose from, which offers something for players at all levels.
A good defensive stick means so much more than just being bulky and heavy. And most of the defensemen I know will just buy the stick they think will last the longest, even if it’s not the most comfortable. But that’s what Bauer’s Supreme line is all about. Powerful sticks that aren’t too heavy, but can take constant abuse. Bauer reinforced the shaft with new technology that allows it to stay light without losing power or durability. This is stick will let any blue liner reach their true potential.
Sher-Wood PMPX 9950RG Hockey Stick
Most wooden sticks will leave a player worrying about using too much force on a shot. This is not one of those sticks. Not only can the 9950RG withstand slap shots, it encourages them. The 105 flex makes it a force to be reckoned with on heavy shots. Plus Sher-Wood has taken the necessary steps to make sure it will last longer than other wooden sticks by reinforcing the shaft with a double horizontal lamination cover on top of fiberglass and carbon fiber. The blade has also been reinforced with multi-directional impact resistant fiberglass. This stick can be used for street hockey, but it will make its biggest statement on the ice.
CCM Crossover ABS Hockey Stick
CCM brings us a great two way stick that can be used for both street and ice hockey. It’s a little longer than most other wooden sticks at 60 inches, so it feels comfortable and stable. The fiberglass reinforced aspen wood core adds extra durability and stiffness, and the reinforced blade will also hold up better than most. Players also have an Alex Ovechkin or Joe Thornton blade to choose from, which adds a great element of accuracy to an already dangerous stick. This is a great choice for power forwards.
This is a terrific stick for learning the basics of shooting and passing. It has a very strong shaft leading to a customizable blade that can be outfitted with a Cammalleri, Iginla, or Hall curve. The heel will also last longer than a lot of other wooden sticks on the market. It’s slick and at a 95 flex it is very tough and will serve well both on the ice and the driveway. If you’re looking to work on the fundamentals of the game without spending a fortune, look no further.
What would a list of best sticks be without Reebok? The 2K is a little shorter than some other sticks on the market, but it’s strong and will last long. It’s available with a few different curves, which is great for players that are looking to try out some different curves on the ice without spending hundreds of dollars just to find what stick is most comfortable for them. The long lasting glossy finish will also keep this stick looking great long after the other wooden options have started to fade. This is the perfect stick for players that are looking to develop their puck handling and passing skills on and off the ice.
Graf Supra F65 Hockey Stick
To put simply, this is a basic stick to master the basic skills of hockey. It’s made to last longer than other wooden sticks, while still providing a small amount of flex to get a feel for how much pressure to apply to hard passes. It’s wonderful for practicing in the basement, or out on the pavement. But make no mistake, it can also can hold its own on the ice if you want to practice the basics without wearing down the blade on your composite stick.
Bauer Reactor 6000 Composite Goalie Stick
The best thing about this stick is its ability to just swallow and cushion incoming shots, which makes all the difference in protecting the five-hole. And it does so without causing a heavy vibration, which is a feature almost all other sticks have yet to perfect. Instead of decreasing the amount of carbon fiber, Bauer has placed designated air pockets throughout the shaft, which help keep the stick light, and staggers the inner fibers to allow the stick to last longer. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other options out there, but it truly is the best. And it will absolutely outlast other sticks.
Reebok 18K Goalie Stick
The easiest way to describe this stick is to call it well-rounded. It’s made to satisfy all types of goaltenders by complimenting any style of play. It’s outfitted with a terrific blade that can both slow down shots for rebound control and also aid in making accurate passes. But while most players will look directly to the blade, it’s the grip that may be the stick’s best feature. It’s made to work with the blocker’s palm to create a much wider range of motion than most are accustomed to. And that can make all the difference in quick diving stick saves.
Sher-Wood SL700 Goalie Stick
The newest stick from Sher-Wood brings all of your favorite qualities from past models as well as a new level of comfort and durability. I was skeptical about how well this stick would last due to how thin the blade is, but it became a pleasant surprise when it held up without losing its power over time. In addition to being thin, it’s also very lightweight, but doesn’t go to light to the point where it feels insecure. The most interesting thing about this stick is the shaft design. Instead of running to the top of the blade, it runs entirely through the blade, which is what helps it to last so long.
Vaughn 7900 Goalie Stick
It should come as no surprise that Vaughn, a leader in goaltender equipment, would bring such a well put together stick. The 7900 embodies everything that a seasoned goaltender would look for in a top of the line stick. It has a rounded heel for optimal stick handling and shooting, EPP foam protection, and internal blade ribs to stop twisting. It has also been constructed with extra lightweight fiberglass and carbon fiber to absorb impacts with minimal vibration, which will help to reduce rebounds. The amazing price tag is just the icing on the cake.
CCM 500 Goalie Stick
The first thing to note about this stick is how light it is. It’s specifically made to sacrifice durability for quickness. But this time around CCM has outfitted the shaft of the stick with extra fiberglass protection to ensure it still lasts, and performs until the very end. The blade has a very old school feel to it that veteran goaltenders will love. It’s made completely of graphite which will reduce chipping, and also give that familiar feel that goalie blades had ten years ago.