Which hockey sticks are the best for professional players?
The hockey stick in the modern game has become the key element in transferring the skills of a player into the puck and then by association the back of the net. There was once a time in the game when everyone had just about the same piece of wood to use for this purpose, but now it is almost a necessity (at least mentally) that a player have his own customized piece of equipment. It just would not feel proper to use another’s hockey stick when all of the training and game time has been put into their own special wand.
The Easton HXP is one of those specialized sticks that garners the top spot in the game today. It is an aluminum stick which was touted by Wayne Gretzky himself, and that is enough to influence a great many of the modern players to procure one of their own. The man himself claimed that its lightness and stiff staff were enough to take his game to another level, and that is by far enough of a commercial statement to get others on board with the Easton.
Easton has another great stick which practically rivals the HXP in many instances. The Synergy is a composite twig that even beginning players have come to admire by showing up at lower level games with a stick that is priced at over two hundred dollars. Paul Kariya is one example of a star player who repped this model, and the game is full of them even today.
The CCM Vector is ranked at about third on the list and this is where the alternative manufacturer really begins to give some competition to big house Easton. Amateurs and pros alike had a great time with these during the mid-2000’s and there is still a place for them in the game today. Ovechkin was one of the stars behind the rise of this twig by delighting fans with scores and finesse with one in his hands.
The wooden twig was also one of the most popular models even when everyone was trading in for composites and more modern varieties. A subsection of star players just simply refused to let go of the classic (for example, Ryan Smith). Koho and TPS are some of the larger names producing wooden sticks that felt good in the hands and delivered performance where needed. There is still a place in today’s modern game for such pieces.