Stick Review

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Will Bowman, Writer

CCM Hockey Sticks –

When it comes to making hockey sticks, no one does it better than CCM. Over the time I have played hockey I have used a variety of different sticks, but what stands out to me about CCM is the durability of their sticks, don’t get me wrong though, there are many other great features.

When I was about 9 or 10 I used a CCM for the first time and I was not too pleased, it was a smaller and thinner stick because I was small and the blade would break, plus it was very flimsy. I did not switch back to a CCM until last season and I haven’t looked back. I did a lot of research on sticks last season because  the Bauer sticks always broke on me too.

I then gave CCM a shot and I was really impressed, the stick has survived one of the roughest seasons I’ve had, it had a few chips in the lower shaft, but still works like a beauty. CCM is very innovative and looks at what pros and other high level players are doing, looking at what shots they take, how they shoot them and wherever they hold the stick. They are always innovating and using the best materials possible, like Sigmatex Carbon fiber, which is a tow fabric which is very light and strong due to the high tension weaving process.

CCM has 3 different stock types, Ribcor (Which I use) Jetspeed and Tacks. Ribcor has a low kick point and features better puckfeel and quicker shot release, which are my two essential features in a stick. CCM is my favorite brand and offers high quality equipment with great features. You can trust CCM.

Bauer Hockey Sticks –

My first real hockey stick was a Bauer hockey stick, this was about when I was 8 or 9. At that time it did not really matter what the perks of the stick were because were were to young and were not capable of using them yet.

What Bauer focuses on are, light weight and shooting, there line up of sticks could really fit any type of player, The one setback on them though is the durability. Every company claims their stick is durable but obviously, that is no where close to true.

A couple of seasons ago I used a Bauer Vapor (low Kick point) and it ended up snapping, I will admit the break was my fault, but moving forward I swithed to a Bauer Nexus (Mid Kick Point) and it ended up cracking on the second day, I don’t know how, but it did. I had a warranty on it and stupidly went back and bought the same stick. After half a season of use, it started to tear at the bottom of the blade due to the number a slapshots our coach made us take.

After using Bauer for the last time I went to a Warrior and had durability problems with that stick as well finally landing on CCM, which I hope I can use their products for a long time.

Warrior Hockey Sticks –

For the longest time I used a Warrior Hockey Stick, I used them for there accurate shot and the grip on the stick along with the amazing durability. I first started using them when I was 11 years old and I used the Warrior QRL 5 and I really liked it so I used them for the next 2 and a half years.

Up until last spring I used a warrior for durabilty and shot, but the stick I had last spring did not seem to hold up to well. After the first practice I used it, it started to chip carbon on the inside and it would sound like a salt shaker. I also noticed that a outside layer of paint would rip off when I would take off my tape. I had never been more disapointed in Warrior in my whole life until that time.

That was when I ditched Warrior for CCM, don’t get me wrong the shot on warrior was still good but they just didn’t hold up like they used to. Warrior sticks have been a long time part of playing in hockey, I did many good things with those sticks I will never forget, but you always have to move on at some time.

https://ccmhockey.com/

https://www.warrior.com/hockey

https://www.bauer.com/

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