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Purchasing a Hockey Stick: Key Factors to Consider Before Your Purchase

When investing in a new hockey stick, there are several aspects to consider. The most crucial is selecting the correct length and flex suitable for your age, but other characteristics, such as the "kick point," can also play a significant role. In this guide, we elucidate the factors you should prioritize to ensure you choose a hockey stick tailored to your needs.

Our Selection of Premium Hockey Sticks

Today's hockey sticks are typically crafted from lightweight and durable composite materials or carbon fiber, ensuring optimal puck control and shot impact. While more affordable hockey sticks might still be constructed of wood and suffice for beginners or recreational players, those committed to ice hockey and practicing multiple times a week will find it increasingly essential to select a stick boasting top-tier characteristics. At Hockeystore, we offer sticks from renowned brands like Bauer, CCM, Warrior, and True, suitable for various ages and skill levels. In the following, we delve into the distinctions among these diverse models.

Distinguishing Features of Sticks for Different Age Groups 

Hockey sticks designed for children are typically shorter, featuring narrower shafts and smaller blades compared to those for adults. Ideally, the stick should extend approximately to the tip of the nose when standing without skates and to the chin when wearing skates. This guideline is applicable across all age groups, but personal preference and playing style also come into play. Some players might opt for a slightly longer stick to increase their reach, while others may find that a shorter stick facilitates better dribbling capabilities. Adjusting the length of the stick to one's preference is Possible, either by trimming or extending it. 

Flexibility and Kick Point – Key Characteristics of the Stick

In order to shoot and handle the puck effectively, it's essential that the stick has the ability to flex. The stiffness of the stick is characterized by its 'flex' rating, while the point at which it bends most significantly is termed the 'kick point'. A higher flex number indicates a stiffer stick. Typically, heavier players require a more rigid stick to leverage their weight without the stick snapping. However, flex preference can also be subjective; generally speaking, greater flex offers enhanced feel and puck control.The stick's kick point informs where along the shaft the stick exhibits the most flex. This factor predominantly influences the speed at which the puck releases from the blade when shooting. Options include low, mid, or hybrid flex, with the latter distributing the flex along the shaft or flexing where the player's lower hand is placed. Sticks with a low kick point are generally suited for quick, pushing shots taken directly in front, while hybrid or mid-kick points are better suited for players executing sweeping shots that are winded up from further behind or from the side. 

Here you will find all our hockey sticks for children, juniors, intermediates, and seniors. 

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