How Much Do Hockey Sticks Cost?
The hockey stick is the most vital piece of hockey equipment. Like all other hockey equipment, hockey sticks are made for different levels and styles of play. In the early days of hockey, sticks were only made of wood, but, nowadays hockey sticks are made from different materials, the most popular of which are wood and composite. Sticks also come in various styles and lengths and manufactured by different companies. Players buy hockey sticks according to their individual preferences, and the size of the stick is based on the player’s dimensions. Flexibility and durability are the most important factors to consider.
How much does it cost?
- On average, a hockey stick is going to cost anywhere from $10 to as much as $300. The wood sticks are generally going to be cheaper than those made of a composite material. For a good stick, plan on spending anywhere from $30 to $100.
- For example, Purehockey.com has composite sticks selling for as low as $27.99 to as much as $259.99. Wood sticks, on the other hand, only cost $10 to $50.
- Livestrong.com reports that the average wood stick sold for about $25 in June of 2010 while composite sticks were priced at around $100 on the average. Due to this big difference in cost, most experts recommend wooden sticks for beginners. When they get to know the game better, paying a bit more for composite sticks will be worth the price.
What is going to be included?
- No matter what material is used to make the hockey stick, it must not sacrifice stiffness, durability, lightness, and responsiveness.
- Every piece of wood used in making a hockey stick undergoes strict inspection before it is approved for use in the assembly process. Any piece of wood that possesses irregularities such as knots, grains or mineral deposits is rejected.
- Dimensions of hockey sticks are made according to the guidelines set by the NHL.
- Hockey sticks also allow less flexibility before breaking. The most advanced ice hockey sticks are made from graphite and are manufactured with precise flex patterns that allow for more accuracy and power when hitting the puck; however, these advantages come with a flip side of increased cost and somewhat lower overall durability.
- Graphite sticks come in one-piece and two-piece varieties; a two-piece stick (composed of shaft and blade) allows for greater customization with reduced parts stock required of retailers, and allows for a damaged shaft or blade to be replaced without replacing the entire stick.
- One-piece sticks generally have better flex characteristics towards the bottom of the shaft, but if the stick breaks or becomes unusable, it is discarded entirely.
What are the extra costs?
- Some hockey sticks are reinforced with fiberglass on the outside to add stiffness and increase resistance to abrasion. This added component correspondingly reflects on its price.
- Hockey sticks need to be taped on the blade and on the grip. This allows the stick to last longer and allows for a tighter grip for the player. There is a specific taping process that needs to be done, but it needs to be done to the blade much more often than the grip. Most players claim that they re-tape the blade every one to three times on the ice. Hockey tape will be an ongoing extra cost.
- Because it is always possible for a hockey stick to get broken, you should try to keep an extra one in your equipment to replace a broken one in case it happens in a game.
Factors that influence the price:
- The main factors that will affect the cost are the brand and the size of the stick.
- Some factors that make a difference in hockey stick prices are the shaft finish, durability, weight, flex and blade pattern.
Tips to know:
- Pick the appropriate stick for the level of play, e.g. junior sticks for junior players.
- Wood sticks are less expensive, but also break easily. Composite and the more advanced ice hockey sticks provide more power and accuracy but with increased cost.
- If you are still undecided on what kind of stick to buy, try using one during practices. Whatever type of stick is the most comfortable will be the right one. It just has to be durable enough to withstand pressures of the game. Usually wood sticks give better feel but often easily break. On the other hand, composite sticks are more durable and give more power but cost a lot more.
How can I save money?
- Online sporting goods stores offer big markdowns on older sticks. Keep your eyes peeled for online sales or deals.
- Second hand sticks are also available for lower prices but they have to be closely inspected to see if they have been properly maintained without any damage such as splits in the wood. Quality and price greatly differ so whatever the player feels is most comfortable for his kind of play is the best pick.