Best hockey sticks
Looking for the best hockey sticks this year? Hockey sticks are the single most important piece of equipment a hockey player will use. A pro hockey stick is top of the line, the same hockey stick used by your favorite NHLer, built using the best carbon fiber, but also expensive.
It’s a pretty broad question, if you ask us. There a lot of things that come into play when you’re trying to find the best hockey sticks available. Things like, what level you play. What your budget is. Do you have a brand preference?
On top of all that, a lot of the major manufacturers have a similar price point for their sticks. Pros use the same major brands, for good reason. Other key factors like curve, and whether or not the stick has a low kick point, make a big difference. Often times, it depends largely on what type of stick you’ve always used in the past.
Or, it could all come down to what Santa got you for your first Christmas. Maybe it was an Easton Z-bubble and you’ve followed their lines throughout the years. Or maybe, even better yet, a CCM Heat (if you know, you know) and you’re on the CCM Pilgrimage.
Regardless of what brand you favor, finding the right stick for your personal preference is the single most important decision you’ll make as a hockey player (beer leaguer or not!), so put time into finding the one that fits you and your budget the best.
Here are the best hockey sticks of 2021
- CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro (Best Overall)
- Bauer Vapor Flylite
- Warrior Alpha DX
- CCM Jetspeed FT2
- True AX9
- CCM Tacks AS2
- CCM Ribcor Trigger 3 PMT
- Bauer 2S Pro Shadow
- No Name Lite
These are the best hockey sticks money can buy
One of our main goals here at The Hockey Guys is to point you in the right direction when it comes to buying new gear. In doing so, we mainly focus on telling you what is truly the best of the best, regardless of the price. This article contains only the best hockey sticks that you can possibly get. Price is no object.
These are some of the most expensive hockey sticks money can buy. No cap, as the young kids would say. Most of the sticks we’re talking about below are the exact same sticks used by your favorite pro player. They’re not the cheapest hockey sticks. They’re not even budget friendly!
How to choose the best hockey stick for you
Gone are the days of having to test out a hockey stick by attending a demo, or even visiting a store. Most players tend to stick with one brand, when they find one they like. Me, personally, I’m a Bauer guy. Now, that doesn’t mean a Bauer hockey stick is better than a CCM hockey stick. Just means that I got used to my Bauer sticks, I like the curve, and they last a long time.
Which brings up another point. There is no such thing as a “most durable hockey stick”. The hockey stick that’s lasted me the longest is a wood CCM twig from the early 2000s. I would never use that stick in a game today.
Things you should consider before buying a new hockey stick
- Brand – are you thinking of changing brands? Why? If you’re in a Bauer stick, just because CCM released their latest model doesn’t mean Bauer is behind the times. When changing brands, we recommend visiting a store to test your new hockey stick out personally.
- Flex – what’s the best flex for you? Do play defense and spend the majority of your time taking booming slap shots from the point? A stiffer stick flex may be something to consider.
- Blade Pattern – without knowing your stick blade pattern, buying a new hockey stick online might be a bit risky. The good news is, Pure Hockey and Goalie Monkey (the two best places to buy a hockey stick online, or at least the two we recommend the most) have excellent return policies that will allow you to swap things out.
- Price – we’d be remit if we didn’t mention the price. Not to beat around the bush here, these sticks are the most expensive hockey sticks on the market. They’re priced this way for good reason, as they’re the top hockey stick models by company for this year. If you want a cheap hockey stick, this article is not the place to find it.
- Weight – while you should consider weight when buying a new hockey stick, it’s not really something we spend a ton of time on here. The hockey sticks listed below are the lightest hockey sticks on the market today.
Alright, let’s help you find a new hockey stick.
CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro
Editor’s Choice: Best Overall Hockey Stick For 2021
The CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro is one of the top sticks on our list. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.
- Overall great feel to it
- Lightweight stick
- Accurate and powerful shots
- Quick release
- Clean design
- Puck feels great on the stick
- Elite level of hockey stick
This is our favorite stick for good reason. When we heard that most of the hockey world was raving about this stick, we were skeptical. But, we quickly realized that the attention it was getting was both legit and deserved. The overall feel of it easily surpasses the rest of sticks on the market and it’s not even close. Well, there are actually a couple sticks that are close, but not quite as good.
The first aspect of the stick that we really liked was the ability to released wrist shots very quickly and efficiently. Like, really quick. The reason for the quick release is because it has a low kick shaft and a tapered design. There is only a short energy loading time and boom, the puck is gone. The downfall of the super fast release is that it doesn’t load a ton of power behind shots. Now, it’s still quite powerful, but just not as much as other sticks that have a mid kick or high kick shaft.
The stick handling and puck feel of this stick is amazing. The shaft is designed to reduce torque in the hand while staying lightweight and balanced. It’s like it’s a perfect combination of everything that gives this stick an awesome touch. Catching passes and moving around with the puck feels natural. There’s no stiffness or choppiness to it.
Next up, accuracy. Because of the design of the shaft, and the fact that it’s supposed to reduce torque, the accuracy of our shots went up. Pick a point, rip a shot, hit the point. There was no real problems with the stick moving around or something affecting the shot and as a result, shooting with this stick is very accurate. And then to top it off, the stick has a cool design to it. Which is half of the battle. If your stick is looking like it needs an upgrade, it probably does.
There is no doubt in my mind that someone with a little bit of talent could absolutely dominate with this one, it’s a great hockey stick. The price is a little high, but everything worth having must come at a price.
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Bauer Vapor Flylite
Editor’s Choice: Best Bauer Hockey Stick
The Bauer Vapor Flylite is another amazing hockey stick, and our top choice for Bauer hockey sticks this year. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.
- Extremely lightweight stick
- Feels great while puck handling
- Stiff blade allows for accurate shooting
- Powerful shot
- Quick release
- Premier hockey stick
The Bauer Vapor Flylite hockey stick is a great overall stick. It has an extremely lightweight design and a stiff blade that allows for in tight sniz shows. The blade is reinforced to create a stronger feel which gives extra power to your shot. And one might think that with a stiffer blade comes more difficult stick handling, not the case here. Numerous people around the hockey world have state how crisp and clean the Vapor Flylite stick is buttery smooth to stick handle with.
This stick is also insanely light weight. It almost feels surreal as to how light it is. The balance is nearly perfect, and your shots are going to be super consistent with this one. And just like the CCM stick above, it’s an elite level of hockey stick.
Really the difference between getting the Bauer Flylite and the CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro is your preference towards CCM or Bauer. These two sticks at the top of the list are incredible hockey sticks that will definitely blow you out of the water with their quality and performance. Yes, you might have to pay the price of a premier stick, but again, everything at the top comes with a price.
Warrior Alpha DX
Editor’s Choice: Best Warrior Hockey Stick
The Warrior Alpha DX is Warrior’s best hockey stick for 2021. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.
- Very smooth and responsive
- Fast release
- Accurate and powerful shooting
- Feels really good in the hand
- Great technology for durability
- Warrior’s lightest and strongest stick to date
- Elite level of stick
Warrior is another one of the top hockey brands for 2021. They’re not as popular as CCM and Bauer, which many times requires them to up their game and technology to stay relevant. The Alpha DX is a great example of a hockey stick that is up to par with some of the best.
The Alpha DX is very, very smooth. As it should be, it’s the third best hockey stick of the year. Controlling the puck and stick handling with it feels very natural, like the stick is just an extension of your body. The shaft of the stick is an ergo design, so it’s a little bit different than your standard hockey stick, but it feels amazing.
To generate a quick release with a lot of power, the Alpha DX has what is called a “Sabre Taper”. Essentially what it does is allows the energy transfer from your body into the puck effortlessly, sending the puck towards the goal at a much faster pace. They also use the low kick design that gives the stick a whippier feel to it.
This stick is by far Warrior’s best stick, and it’s not even close. If you have been using the Bauer’s and the CCM’s up to this point and are looking to make the switch, the Warrior Alpha DX is a great option. The only real problem with this stick is the price, it’s not cheap!
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CCM Jetspeed FT2
The CCM Jetspeed FT2 is another one of CCM’s top hockey sticks. The FT3 released in July of 2020, but for now the FT2 is at the top of the list in terms of hockey sticks produced by CCM. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.
- Decently lightweight stick
- Low kick point, really good for strong shots
- Simple and clean look
- Good puck handling ability
- Some questions of durability
The CCM Jetspeed FT2 is CCM’s top Jetspeed hockey stick, for now. It’s decently lightweight (not as light as the Bauer Flylite), and has a whippier shot to it, allowing for powerful shots. It features a super clean and simple look, so nothing fancy there. The puck handling abilities, like many other top hockey sticks in 2021 is very good. The puck moves well and smooth. The overall feel to this stick is very good.
The one issue people have had with this stick, is that it might break on you. It’s a toss up really, some hockey players used it for a long time without issue, others broke their 2 weeks in. Otherwise if you don’t break it, it’s one of the best hockey sticks for the year.
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Editor’s Choice: Best True Hockey Stick
The Trie AX9 is True’s one number hockey stick for 2020. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.
- Very quick release
- Great puck control and feel
- 39% stronger and 5% lighter than it’s predecessor
- Shaft is made of SmartPly technology
- Features FiberShield for better durability
- Blade Tech technology increases the blade strength
The True AX9 hockey stick is an awesome option to consider when looking for a new stick. It’s a very lightweight stick (5% lighter than previous best) and it’s very strong compared to other previous models. A problem with True sticks before is that they were breaking fairly easy, but with the new technology that True implemented into the shaft and the blade, the Ax9 is True’s most durable hockey stick to date. There should be no concerns of this stick breaking on you, the tech is dramatically improved.
The AX9 is built with the quick release in mind. It has a stiff blade that allows pucks to move quickly off of it, and a low kick point for power. The
Overall the True AX9 is one of the better hockey sticks of 2020. The price is again, pretty high, but it’s worth it!
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CCM Tacks AS2
The CCM Tacks AS2 is the top hockey stick in the Tacks lineup. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.
- X-Flow Technology in the shaft
- Acu X Stiff blade for powerful shots
- Mid kick point for longer loading period
- Carbon weave pattern increases strength while decreasing weight
- Potential concerns of breaking
The CCM Tacks AS2 is one of the best Tack sticks that CCM has produced over the past several years. It’s a light weight hockey stick that uses X-Flow technology to create a strong and durable shaft. The blade uses Acu X technology that gives it a stiffer feel, adding quite a bit more power to your shot. The Tacks AS2 does feature a mid kick point which excels for longer loading times and strong shots. You are getting the incredibly fast release like some of the other sticks on the market, but it’s really good for picking your shot and unleashing a very fast puck.
CCM Ribcor Trigger 3 PMT
Editor’s Choice: Best Hockey Stick For The Money
The CCM Ribcor Trigger 3D has been on the market for a little while now, but it’s still an incredible hockey stick for players of all ages.
- Enhanced Pop Matrix gives the shooter more zip
- Low kick point for quick shots
- Ascent 2 blade for puck feel and lighter weight
- INT geometry for stick control and comfort
- Great price
- Not the newest model
The CCM Ribcor Trigger 3D PMT isn’t the newest model for 2020 in the hockey stick world, but this thing is a machine. It features the first class technology from only a year ago that gives this stick a quick release and accurate shot, for the best price of them all. It’s under $200.
The INT geometry gives this stick a comfortable feel while holding it and stick handling. It’s very smooth and the technology in the shaft and blade move well together, making it the perfect combination of smooth and powerful.
Overall the CCM Trigger 3D PMT is still one of the best hockey sticks in the world, especially for the price it costs vs the value it provides. It’s a great stick.
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Bauer 2S Pro Shadow
The Bauer 2S Pro Shadow is another one of Bauer’s top hockey sticks in the past few years. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.
No Name Lite
Editor’s Choice: Best Customizable Hockey Stick
The No Name Customizable hockey is stick is the best hockey stick to put your own little twist on. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.
- Very customizable
- Increased strength
- Doesn’t have the same performance as the other top end sticks
The No Name hockey stick is an interesting one, and very cool.
The best part of this hockey stick is that it is very customizable. You can change the curve, color, size, flex and more… It’s a great option if you want to go a different route from the rest of the pack.
CCM Ribcor 65K
Editor’s Choice For Best Beer League and Most Affordable Hockey Stick
The CCM Ribcor is one of the top beer league sticks that we’ve come across in the past few years. Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.
- Low kick allows for powerful and quick shots
- Great feel for the price
- Durable stick
- Lower end model of stick
The CCM Ribcor 65K is a great beer league hockey stick. It isn’t super expensive, it’s fairly light, it features the low kick design that allows for a quick shot, and it’s very strong. There really isn’t much more to ask for in a hockey stick that costs less than $150.
If you are big into the men’s league hockey, or you are looking for a solid stick at a solid price, look no further.
These are the best hockey sticks money can buy
That wraps up our review of the best hockey sticks on the market. There a are a lot of options to choose from, but make sure that you go with something you think you will be happy with!