Welcome to the Hockey Stick Expert site!
Hockey sticks are a critical piece of your equipment and having the right tool for the job can make all the difference in the world. Hockey Stick Expert is here to help find the best ice hockey sticks or roller hockey sticks for you and take your game to the next level. Topics we hope to cover include terms (like hockey stick flex, hockey stick length, hockey stick lie) and how-tos (Right vs. Left handed Hockey Sticks, taping a hockey stick, cutting a hockey stick to length) and more.
Hockey Stick topics and stick models we cover include:
- Ice Hockey Sticks
- Roller Hockey Sticks
- Street Hockey Sticks
- Wood Hockey Sticks
- Composite Hockey Sticks
- Easton Hockey Sticks
- CCM and Mission
- Goalie Hockey Sticks (would love find somebody to share their expertise here)
- Field Hockey Sticks
If you would like to see new information or have other suggestions (like a new term for our Hockey Stick Dictionary), please send us an email at “tips AT hockeystickexpert.com” or use the form on the Contact page.
Here’s to your continued hockey success!
- the Hockey Stick Expert team
Needs something to keep your hockey loving youngster busy while fighting off a winter storm? Checkout Twisty Noodle and their handful of hockey stick coloring pages. You can even customize your text. Here is the page I made for myself
Filed Under Hockey Stick Fun
Nice to see the recent hockey revenue growth at Bauer (from a recent press release). The bold highlight below is mine…
Consumer Demand Across All Product Categories Drives 27% Revenue Growth and Stronger Net Income Growth
The increase in overall revenues in the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2012 was led by ice hockey equipment sales, with strong performance from the newly launched VAPOR family of skates and composite sticks and a full line of innovative goalie products. The continued revenue and earnings performance has been supported by strong “Back-to-Hockey” orders (April 2011 – September 2011) and “Holiday” (October 2011 – March 2012) booking orders. Revenues from the North American market grew by 29% in the second quarter and 28% in the first half of fiscal 2012 compared to the same periods last year, while sales outside North America grew by 20% and 30%, respectively.
Filed Under Hockey Stick News
Sean Fitz-Gerald wrote a piece for the National Post regarding Cody Franson’s super shot from the point (original article). Beside having enough power to break more than a few bones, the article touches on a key aspect of finding the right hockey stick for each player’s style of play. In this case, Franson pairs a quick release and a lower flex stick to generate a ton of power and accuracy.
It is a really nice article that explains a little bit of the mechanics and tradeoffs in selecting the right hockey stick.
Key call outs from the article…
“The difference in Cody’s shot is that, if you look at the top of the backswing for Jordin and for Shea, their stick is literally perpendicular to the ice,” Robinson said. “If you think of it like a clock face, with their sticks being at 12, Cody was more like 10. He barely gets his stick above parallel to the ice.”
The question Robinson could not answer as definitely is how Franson generated as much power as he did behind those shots without as much of a backswing. Franson, who is an inch taller but about 15 pounds lighter than Weber, offered an answer on Wednesday.
He uses a more flexible stick — “a whippier stick” — than Weber. That whipping effect, combined with his upper body strength and wrists, is what the Leafs defenceman says generates most of his power.
“That’s why I use the whippier stick,” Franson said. “Because as quick as I can get it off, there’s still a lot of pop behind it, you know what I mean? It’s not like I’m just throwing a 50 mile-an-hour changeup in there. There’s still a lot on it.”
The shorter backswing provides a quicker release, which can make Franson a threat in his own right from the point. He assisted on Toronto’s first goal in a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, seconds after forcing goaltender Ryan Miller to make a quick toe save on a snap shot from the high slot.
“The whole thought process is to get it off quick enough where guys can’t get in my shooting lane and, secondly, to get it off before the goalie knows I’ve got it,” Franson said. “When a goalie’s got to move through traffic, he usually loses the puck for half-a-second. If I can get it off my stick before he picks up that I have it, he’s going to have a tough time finding it in a crowd.”
Filed Under Hockey Stick Flex
Hockey players have a ton of gear that is required to play hockey and it is a pain to carry around unless you have the right Hockey Bag.
Key questions to ask yourself when looking at new Hockey Equipment Bags:
Is it big enough for my hockey gear?
Does it have the compartments I need to help organize my hockey gear?
Is it easy for me to carry and/or wheel around?
Is the cost of the hockey bag in my price range?
Does the hockey bag look cool?
Hockey Bags: The Many Types of Hockey Bags
There is quite a variety of Hockey Bags. Here is a list of the different types of Hockey Bags:
- Hockey Equipment Bags
- Duffel Bags & Wheeled Duffel Bags
- Hockey Goalie Bags
- Backpacks & Wheeled Backpacks
- The Grit Hockey Tower
- Specialty Bags – with Dryers
Hockey Equipment Bags
Hockey Equipment Bags are designed to hold all of the players gear except their hockey sticks. These bags can be one single large compartment where all of the gear gets thrown in. 5 or 6 compartments including areas shaped to hold hockey skates.
Hockey Equipment Duffel Bags
Most hockey equipment duffle bags have their size listed mainly by their length. Common lengths run from 31” to 40”. Width by height measurements range from 14″ x 14″ to 18″ x 18″.
Junior bags start around $35 and go up from there
Senior bags start around $40, and run up to about $70
Hockey Goalie Bags
Hockey Goalie Bags are the largest size duffel bags due to the larger size of goalie gear. A key question that affects your choice of the right size bag is whether you plan to stow your goalie pads in a bag or to carry the separately (example: tied together and hung over a shoulder).
Goalie hockey bag sizes range from 40” x 20” x 20” up to 44” x 24” x 24”
Typical price range $50 to $150
Goalie Leg Pad Bags exist for carrying just your goalie pads. They fit up to size 39” pads and cost around $30.
Wheeled Hockey bags
Wheeled Hockey Bags work just like rolling luggage and eliminate the burden of carrying your bag. Read more
Filed Under Buying Hockey Gear