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Top Scoring Players’ Sticks Thus Far (Fall 2014)

November 18th, 2014 Chris Comments off

Here we are again – a little over a month into the NHL season and we have a new(ish) set of scoring leaders. To go along with those leaders, are their weapons of choice. Once again, IW broke down the scorers into the top 23 goal producers (anyone with 8 goals or more as of 11/18) and took a closer look at the weapons of mass production. Before we start, it’s important to look at the implications. There aren’t any. The back of the net can’t be found based on the stick you use. Give players like Seguin and Stamkos a Mylec street hockey stick and they’ll still be up there on the top 20 list. I will say this… It is nice to look down at your stick and realize that it’s the same one that one of these NHL all stars is using to light the lamp. Or you could pick and choose your favorite all star and go for the stick (or stick line) that they use.

Also, for the sake of simplicity, the sticks are broken down by stick line. There are some players using previous models of sticks, for instance, the Easton Stealth S19, the Bauer Supreme NXG, and the Reebok RibCor.

*These are the goal leaders as of the afternoon of November 18th.*

Tyler Seguin, Steven Stamkos, and Rick Nash all lead the pack with 12 goals a piece, with Phil Kessel and Corey Perry trailing one goal behind.

Seguin and his trusty Bauer Nexus 8000 are leading the way in goals with 36. Joining Seguin (12) in the Nexus family are Brock Nelson (8), Nino Niederreiter (8), and Clarke MacArthur (8).

Second in goal totals is the Warrior Covert line with 32 thanks to goal scoring superstars such as Gustav Nyquist (8), Blake Wheeler (8), Joe Pavelski (8), and Max Pacioretty (8).

The Easton Synergy line buried 28 goals by the hands of Rick Nash, Chris Kunitz, and Ryan Callahan.

The CCM (and Reebok) Ribcor stick line came next with 26 goals because of Vladimir Tarasenko, Joel Ward, and Tyler Toffoli.

There is a three way tie for the 20 goal marker: the Easton Stealth (yes, from way back in the day), the Easton V9 Elliptical Series (including the brand new V9E Elite), and the Bauer Supreme lines.

Next the Bauer Vapor sticks, or more specifically the APX2 with 10 goals.

Then the Warrior Dynasty AX1 with 9 goals.

Then the CCM Tacks stick came in with 8 goals.

So there you have it. Did your stick crack the 8-goal threshold? Comment below and let us know what you think.

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2014 Limited Edition Sticks – Bauer, CCM, Easton and Sher-wood

November 18th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Ice Warehouse Limited Edition Hockey Sticks - Bauer, CCM, Easton and Sherwood

It’s been one of the most competitive years in the hockey stick industry, which players everywhere have greatly benefited from. Now the only thing better than having a huge variety of sick twigs available, is being able to pick up your favorite stick in a sweet new color scheme. So today we’ll be taking an individual look at all of the limited edition twigs that are available, plus we’ll touch on a few key features per stick.

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Sneak Peek: Easton V9E & V9T Elite Sticks

November 7th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Since joining his new team and leaving his old linemate Evgeni Malkin behind, James Neal has thrived at finding the back of the net. While we all know a new stick isn’t going to make an amateur snipe like The Great One, sometimes picking up new pine can be a quick and effective confidence booster. Especially if you find success early and often with the new pick up.

As seen in the picture below, Neal is using the Easton V9E Elite stick, which is just one of the two limited edition Easton Velocity Elite Edition Sticks. The V9E Elite is the flagship LE stick that’s followed by the V9T Elite Stick. Both models showcase the signature elliptical taper that has proven to be one of the quickest releasing twigs on the market. Besides it’s release, I really like the enhanced puck feel it provides, to me it’s a significant difference and improvement from the standard taper that’s found on the V9, V7 and V3 sticks.

Ice Warehouse Easton Velocity V9E Elite Stick

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Coming Soon: Bauer Nexus 8000 & 4000 Limited Edition Sticks

October 15th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Bauer is dishing out another round of sweet limited edition twigs, this time coming in the Nexus 8000 and 4000 sticks. As per usual, the Nexus 8000 and 4000 LE Sticks will have the exact same performance features as the originals. This Nexus Family features a Tru-Mid Kick Flex Profile, ideal for the players who are looking for a balance of a lightning quick shot release backed with a lot of power.

Bauer Nexus 8000 Limited Edition Stick

The Nexus 8000 LE features the premier TeXtreme Carbon Fiber that is one of the lightest and strongest of it’s kind on the market today. Bauer reinforced the 8000 LE with eLASTech Resin that keeps it feeling newer, longer. eLASTech also helps to keep microfractures from spreading or growing, greatly increasing the overall durability. The PowerSense Blade Technology is a big upgrade from the previous Nexus 1000. PowerSense provides players with a much more enhanced feel for the puck while also preventing chips from forming on the edges after digging in the corners or given a quick ice-tap celly.

Ice Warehouse Bauer Nexus 8000 Limited Edition Hockey Stick

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CCM Tacks vs. RibCor vs. RBZ Sticks

October 10th, 2014 Chris Comments off

The October 31st launch of the new CCM RibCor 40K gives CCM their third stick line. As CCM has (re)made a name for itself in the stick market over the last few years, its usage across the NHL, competitive leagues, and beer leagues continues to climb steadily. Now three of the top stick companies each produce three separate lines. Bauer’s lineup includes two mid-kickpoint (Supreme & Nexus) lines and a dual-kickpoint (Vapor) stick line {- click here to read the blog breakdown of the Bauer stick lines -}. Easton’s line carries two low-kickpoint (Velocity V9 & V9E) sticks and one mid-kickpoint (Synergy) stick. CCM joins in the mix with one low-kickpoint (RibCor), one mid-kickpoint (Tacks), and one variable kick-point (RBZ). Also if you are wondering about the differing kickpoints, check out our kickpoint blog: here.

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Tech & Test Review: CCM RibCor 40K Hockey Sticks

October 1st, 2014 Chase Comments off

Ice Warehouse CCM RibCor 40K Stick

After years of Reebok and CCM running alongside each other as separate brands, Reebok products will begin transitioning to CCM Hockey. The CCM RibCor Stick Line is the first of many product lines that will resurface with the longstanding CCM logo attached to it. So for those who were Reebok-loyalists, it’s time to become a CCM-loyalist. The beauty is that your “brand” conversion will be seamless because it’s literally just a name change, plus I think you’ll be stoked with the new improvements in the newly rebranded CCM gear.

With all of that aside, let’s talk about CCM’s newest family of hockey sticks, the CCM RibCor’s. Leading the charge is the top of the line CCM RibCor 40K Hockey Stick. The main difference between the previous Reebok RibCor and the CCM 40K RibCor is in the Technora® aramid fiber reinforcement.

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Low-Kick Stick Breakdown: Covert QR1 – Rekker EK15 – Velocity V9E – Vapor APX2

September 3rd, 2014 Chase Comments off

Warrior QR1 Sherwood EK15 Easton V9E Vapor APX2 Stick

With all of the great sticks on the market right now, it can be difficult to even begin to decide where to start looking. It can be confusing and possibly even frustrating because the market is flooded (in a good way) with new technologies and varying kick points. The best place to start your search for a new twig is to figure out which kick point will benefit your shooting mechanics and playing style best. You can your likes and dislikes of past sticks you’ve used, but you can also base it off of the information we’ll supply you with today. This write-up is the second part of our top-end hockey stick breakdown and will be covering unique characteristics of the Warrior QR1, Sher-wood EK15, Easton V9E and the Bauer Vapor APX2. At the bottom of this blog, take our poll so we all can see which low kick stick hockey players are looking forward to most!

If you want to check out the “Mid-Kick Stick Breakdown” with the CCM Tacks Sticks, the Easton Synergy HTX Sticks, the Bauer Supreme MX3 Sticks and the Bauer Nexus 8000 Sticks; click this link!

Typically speaking, low kick’s are geared for the “finesse” shooter who generates shot power with their wrists. These low kick, finesse shooters generally look for a quick load and a release on wrist and snap shots hoping to surprise the goalie with a fast shot. These players differ from mid kick shooters who are “power shooters” that heavily lean into and load up on big booming slap shots and one-timers.

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Mid-Kick Stick Breakdown: Tacks – Synergy HTX – Supreme MX3 – Nexus 8000

August 21st, 2014 Chase Comments off

Tacks, HTX, MX3 and 8000 Hockey Sticks

It’s safe to say we’re in a golden era of twigs; the revival of legendary names, sub-400 gram stick weights and technological advances that make you wonder what if some of the all-time greats had these in their arsenal. There are so many great weapons on the market right now, ranging from different companies with different kick points for different shooters with all sorts of different technologies in them.  While some players go for the “latest and greatest” on the market, the best thing to do is to figure out which flex profile matches your shooting mechanics, and roll with that. If you know you’re a mid kick or a low kick shooter, it’s totally OK and actually recommended to try out different sticks with your kind of kick point. Today we’ll be breaking down unique key features of the CCM Tacks, Easton Synergy HTX, Bauer Supreme MX3 and Bauer Nexus 8000 so that you can decide which of these mid kick sticks sounds the most suitable for you. At the bottom of this page, we have a poll you can take so we can see which twig players everywhere are looking for or like most!

As a general rule of thumb, mid kick hockey sticks are for the player who heavily loads up and leans into big booming shots. These players are looking for maximum power and generally tend to look for slap shots and one-timers. That’s not to say they don’t shoot snappers or wristers, mid kick shooters generally put a lot of lean into these for blazing shot velocity. Bauer recommends that players who tend to use a full motion shooting style should go with a mid kick, whereas the quick-motion shooter should use a low kick stick. The low-kick’s are for the “finesse” shooter who tends to generate shot power primarily with their wrists (rather than heavily leaning into the stick), thus resulting in a quicker load and release. We’ll breakdown the top low kick twigs in the next blog.

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Tech & Test Review: Bauer Supreme MX3 Sticks

July 24th, 2014 Chase Comments off

With the release of the Bauer MX3 Skates earlier this year, it was quite easy to connect the dots and assume the release of the MX3 sticks was not far behind. Fast forward a few months, the MX3 Ice Hockey Skates are still one of the hottest set of wheels on the market and now the Bauer Supreme MX3 Sticks are looking to do the same thing in their category.

Today, we’ll be thoroughly breaking down the new and the old technology these flagship MX3 Sticks have in them. Then we’ll finish with my own closing thoughts on how it felt to shoot the MX3 alongside a handful of the best sticks currently on the market (not to mention a few that aren’t even out yet either, but we’ll keep that between us!)

Bauer Supreme MX3 Stick

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Tech & Test Review: CCM RBZ SuperFast Sticks

July 12th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Back in 2012, CCM announced a multi-year partnership with Taylormade who is an innovative-leader in the golf industry. The original CCM RBZ Stick was the first product to be come about from this new partnership and it was immediately accepted by NHL’ers; including Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Fast-forward two years and CCM is now preparing to release their third generation RBZ stick, named the CCM RBZ SuperFast.

CCM RBZ SuperFast

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