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Hockey sticks have been at the forefront of technological advances in the sport over the past few decades, from a sheer performance standpoint to their increasingly durable and lightweight construction. Still, NHL goaltenders have been tentative to adapt to the new trend, preferring to hold onto wooden and foam-core sticks until recently.
Kevin Woodley of NHL.com reported recently that “roughly half the NHL was using the old technology in 2016, and now only five goalies still use a wooden stick.”
Goaltenders who made the switch were unsurprisingly blown away by the benefits of upgrading from wood to composite, which were described as lighter, customizable, accessible and more durable.
"Once you switch, it's amazing to hold a wood stick and wonder how you played with it," Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton told NHL.com. "I switched two summers ago mainly because lots of guys were, so I knew I needed to get up to date. It's a huge difference, I think."
We’ve rounded up the top composite goaltender sticks on the market right now just in time for you to make the switch this season.
The Warrior Ritual V1 Pro+ Senior stick is a steal right now at 20 percent off. It’s rated the best overall stick on the market right now, and it’s loaded with new technology including VibexLite and HiFused construction for reduced vibration and a super light and balanced feel. The V1 Pro+ weighs in at only 668 grams, which helps puck handling and mobility in the crease.
SHOP IT: Sportchek $279.99 CAD
Originally priced at $329.99, this top-rated twig is the lightest on the market and will take your puck handling skills to the next level as it boasts unmatched feel and balance. The new 2S line has the ERGO SPINE Paddle, which is 20 percent lighter than conventional carbon fiber.
SHOP IT: Sportchek $229.97 CAD
The best twig on a budget, the CCM Premier P2.9 Senior goalie stick incorporates raised StikTak Grip for greater control while shortening the grip area on the backhand for a quicker poke check. The P2.9 has CCM’s Sigmatex shaft which is ultra lightweight and strong. It’s 20 percent off right now, too.
SHOP IT: Sportchek $135.99 CAD
Originally priced at $299.99, this TRUE brand stick has an ultra-lightweight composite design with maximum dampening properties for superior rebound control. The redesigned flex zone gives you the playmaking ability of a high end foam core stick with all the performance and durability benefits of a carbon fibre design. It’s rated as the best stick for puck handling on the market right now.
SHOP IT: Sportchek $223.97 CAD
Bauer’s all-new Textreme blade with Aerofoam 3 core produces an extremely lightweight stick while dampening vibrations at the same time for better feel. Construction on the paddle along with Air Channel features enhance overall durability, which is why it’s rated the most durable stick on the market.
SHOP IT: Sportchek $299.99 CAD
Regularly priced at $249.99, this stick is an absolute steal right now. It features Sigmatex spread-tow technology to give you you lightweight strength in the crease, while a composite structure and ZeroFlux technology reduces vibrations for better feel, outstanding rebound control, and accurate passes. This twig is a top-ranked stick available this season.
SHOP IT: Sportchek $186.97 CAD
The TRUE A4.5 HT stick has a lightweight composite design with excellent dampening properties for improved rebound control, but is at a lower price point than the top rated A6.0. It’s the perfect combination of feel and balance for less.
SHOP IT: Sportchek $118.97 CAD
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