How to Fix a Composite Hockey Stick

After having completed 6,000 successful repairs I'm pretty sure we are more qualified to discuss this topic than anyone else on the planet.  Below is a detailed explanation of how we do it: 

Composite Shafts

The first thing you need to know is that composite hockey sticks shafts are manufactured from a number of woven fibres which are coated in resin, wrapped in a mould, and baked in an oven.  Once complete the stick is removed from the mould (leaving a hollow middle), the blade is inserted into the shaft (cheaper model sticks), then cooled, painted, and lacquered to provide the custom outer finish.   

Blade Repair 
Forget about it, its more work and isn't as good as the shaft repair system.  We did about 250 blade repairs before inevitably coming to this conclusion. 

How it was established

In 2004, the SRS brand was created by Edgewater industries, which have been engineering, and manufacturing epoxy systems and other chemical products for over 30 years.  The company (based out of Spring Lake Michigan) claims to have directed their epoxy expertise in this direction out of a passion for hockey as well as being driven to find a solution for the broken hockey shaft. Edgewater devoted company resources towards the research and design of a product that would effectively repair the shaft of a composite hockey stick.  
The Process

HockeyStickMan uses the SRS model of internal shaft repair (other systems have come in place since but we still believe SRS to be the best, but it has to be done correctly), her is the process:

1 – Cut off damage


2 – Install shaft-lock grooves™ (a process used to prepare the interior wall of the shaft)


3 – The two pieces of shaft are aligned in a custom manufactured clamp, and then a specially designed Styrofoam piece is lodged in the bottom section of the shaft (approx. 1.5 inches down). A carbon fiber Aircore sleeve™ (which is approx. 3 inches in length comprised of 2 layers of carbon fiber surrounding a foam centre) is then inserted into the hollow of the bottom piece of the stick until it reaches the Styrofoam. The top section of the stick is placed over the Aircore Sleeve, re-aligned, clamped together, and taped (to deter epoxy leakage).

4 – Resin and Hardener are then mixed together and poured down the inside of the shaft, effectively filling up the foam centre of the AirCore piece and conforming to the shaft lock grooves in a junior, intermediate, or senior shafts.  Thus, concealing the stick with an internal fix leaving minimal visual disturbance to the external shaft profile.

5 – The stick undergoes a 72 hour curing period in a temperate room until hardened.

6 – Once hardened it is necessary to then ‘Snap the Stick’,which requires the technician to vigorously flex the stick until the internal repair has broken away from the inner shaft and is floating freely within the hollow while the carbon fiber grips into the shaft-lock grooves. This allows the stick to maintain the flex, kick-point, and performance integrity.


From the HockeyStickMan standpoint

After working with the 2010 Olympic Games and BC left my job as Program Manager for BC Hockey, and Peter retired from a 30 year career in composite material (Lafarge) to establish this business.  We believe in the product as well as how important it is to offer top end composite sticks at a reduced price to the hockey parent, rec league player, and even Junior and College level teams.

Together with SRS we have successfully repaired over 3000 sticks since established in 2011 and stand behind it with a 35 day guarantee. While we admit not all of our repairs have worked, we are currently operating at a 1 in 40 warranty rate.  

We get consistently positive feedback on the on-ice performance of our sticks and best of all the customers keep coming back!

While the process of repair isn’t overly difficult, it is important to have the right setup, in the proper conditions, and every stick done by a professional technician to ensure accuracy.  Some dealers of the SRS system fail to do so, therefore produce an inferior product.

Joey Walsh
Joey Walsh

Author

I have worked with Hockey Canada, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Brock University. But now I'm all about hockey sticks. A passion and love for sticks as a child has blossomed into a full on obsession as an adult (if you can call me that).



5 Responses

Douglas
Douglas

October 28, 2016

really? Blade repair is not worth it?
I’ve fixed 1 stick using Bondo and it worked.

Can you give me any more advise as to what you all found worked best? Even if it wasn’t great but still was at least OK? Thanks

Nicolas Payette
Nicolas Payette

October 23, 2016

Hello,

I leave in Montreal, Quebec, and I would like to get my stick fix.

How canI proceed ?

Thanks,

Nicolas

brydenpow \
brydenpow \

December 16, 2015

can you see the fixed area?

Joey Walsh
Joey Walsh

April 04, 2015

Luiza – The price of repair is $50.

Cheers.

Luiza F.
Luiza F.

March 25, 2015

Hello. What is the price?

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