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Composite ice hockey sticks dominate the game, and major manufacturers like Bauer, CCM, Warrior, Sher-Wood, and TRUE continue to deliver outstanding options in lightweight, technologically advanced sticks. Today, players have access to military-grade strength in sticks weighing scarcely more than a pound. Composite hockey sticks feature performance materials that deliver superior flex, feel, and power. In addition, composite sticks are more durable than ever. If you’re in the market for a first composite hockey stick for yourself or your child, consult our hockey stick buying and fitting guides to find the right one.
A composite hockey stick is a lightweight but powerful stick made of carbon fibers and other materials like resin, graphite, spread tow fabric, Kevlar®, and peel ply. If you’re new to hockey, we offer beginner or entry-level composite hockey sticks tyke through senior levels.
The best composite hockey sticks come from the top brands in the sport. Bauer's Nexus Sync, CCM's Ribcor Trigger 7 Pro, and the True HZRDUS PX Grip are some of the best elite-level hockey sticks on the market right now. For a lot of players, price point doesn't always equate to their preferred stick. Warrior's Alpha LX 20 delivers outstanding performance on a budget, and Bauer's Supreme Ultrasonic rockets slapshots for less than the Hyperlite. Ultimately, the best composite hockey stick is the one with the right feel, kick point, flex, and fit for you.
Composite hockey sticks are better than traditional wood sticks because they’re lightweight, easier to load, more durable, and come in a variety of kick points and flex ratings. While some players still prefer the feel of a wood stick, not to mention the nostalgic appeal, there's good reason why you'll see the pros using composite sticks.
Yes: Hockey is a rough sport with continuous pressure and impact on a stick, so a composite stick will break eventually.
A composite hockey stick can last one game or several years, depending on its construction and how often and rough you play. If you’re putting repeated slapshots on a cheap stick, it’s going to fail a lot sooner than a high-quality stick designed for that kind of abuse. A beer leaguer may keep a solid composite stick for a season or more while a pro-level player going hard five times a week goes through several composite sticks a season.
Yes, you can cut down the shaft of a composite stick if you need to make it shorter to fit you. But shortening the shaft will give the stick a stiffer flex. If you need expert tips on sizing a hockey stick, consult our How to Fit a Hockey Stick guide.