The Top 10 Hockey Sticks of 2014

We've talked to retailers, equipment managers, customers and manufacturers - here is our list of the 10 most popular hockey sticks of 2014.......

10. Warrior Covert DT1LT

The choice of many of the NCAA and OHL players that we work with....the Covert DT1LT was by far the most popular among Warrior in 2014.  Its a great feeling stick, lightweight with the elliptical profile for quick release shots!   


9. Nexus 1000 (Nexus 8000) 

At one point the Nexus 1000 was completely sold out and Bauer had to send people APXs and NXGs as replacements, not bad for the companies third most popular stick!  The Nexus 8000 took over and you'll see several pro's, college, and junior players using it as their stick of choice!

8.  RBK Ribcore (CCM 40K Ribcore) 

The Ribcore was probably the most popular stick that RBK ever made (at least in terms of Professional players), and since it graduated to a CCM 40K, people have been going nuts for could become one of the most popular sticks of 2015! 

7.  Easton V9 / V9E 

Easton did an excellent job with the Velocity series.  The sticks feel great, perform like we have come to expect from a top end Easton with improved durability! The difference is that one comes standard (V9 - white) and the elliptical (V9E - orange), these two sticks are all over the NHL.


6.  CCM Tacks  

The brand is back and not just in skates.  The Tacks stick was first introduced at the beginning of the 2014-15 season and has gotten unbelievable interest for a first year stick line! You'll notice the distinctive yellow and black twig in many of your favorite players hands.  Poised for a big 2015......


5. The COLT

A Canadian made top end composite hockey stick featuring aerospace technology designed to protect the stick from breakage and perform at a higher level for longer. The COLT has received a ton of attention over the past year, however due to high production costs it is only available for sale factory direct and online. Still, thousands of early adopters have jumped on board and its made its way into the hands of players in NHL games, pretty good for the companies first year!  I can honestly say it is now my personal stick of choice and been playing with it for going on six months now.


4. Easton Synergy HTX 

The Easton Synergy has returned!  They brought back a little of the silver color for old times sake but personally I would have liked to see it full on silver (like models past).   Nevertheless the stick looks, feels, and performs awesome! 

3. CCM RBZ Stage 2 (SuperFast) 

There are some that didn't like the white blade (hence the Superfast Red) but no denying the fact that the CCM - Taylor Made partnership created one heck of a stick and the RBZ Stage 2 was certainly among the most popular in 2014.  The graduated version (SuperFast) has gained a lot of popularity as well, I'm interested to see which of the three CCM sticks will emerge as the most popular in 2015.

2.  Bauer Supreme Total One NXG / MX3

Bauer is now the undisputed king of the stick market.  The lineup of NHL stars such as Ovi, Toews, Kane, Stamkos and many others has grown its popularity, but so too has the overall quality of the sticks that they produce.   The supreme line is a great example of not messing with a good thing, from the Total One - NXG - MX3, simply put they got it right!


1. Bauer APX 2 

The popularity of Bauer's Vapour line has grown to the point of surpassing the Supreme.  The APX 2 came out in 2013-14 and remains the most sought after hockey stick on the market. 



..... the list is based on my opinion from what I have seen in the industry over the past year.  Don't agree with me? What would you change?

Happy New Year!


Joey Walsh
Joey Walsh


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).

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January 25, 2016

Bauer nexus is one of the best Bauer sticks because of the true mid kick point so you know we’re your stick will flex and the custom flex point cause it may not flex were you want it to flex


August 12, 2015

I am gonna say Easton sticks all the way ! just my preference anyways, i like the balance of them.


June 04, 2015

James, the NXG is definetely not one of the lightest on the market… Both the nexus and apx2/1x are lighter. Anyways this would be my list.
1. Bauer Vapor apx2/1x
2. Bauer NXG/MX3
3. CCM Tacks/ Ultra Tacks
4. CCM RBZ Superfast/ SpeedBurner
5. Easton Synergy HTX
6. CCM Ribcor 40k
7. Warrior Covert QR1
8. Easton V9/ V9E
9. Easton Stealth CX
10. Colt Hockey


May 11, 2015

Lol james may have left the dumbest comment… First of all i dont even understand what he was getting at lol was he trying to say the nxg should be #1 instead of #2? Lol and crosby uses a reebok ribcor…and those players he was rattling off at the beginning, they all literally each use different bauer sticks (example, ovi and stamkos uses the supreme line, kane uses apx2, toews started using the nexus line..) and i disagree with some of the listing but i dont know the stats of how many pros prefer what stick over what other stick. From what i can see CCM is making a huge impact on the stick market, i cant watch one shift without seeing at least 2 ccm sticks flashin out there lol so many tacks and rbzs…same goes for bauer, the nxg/mx3 is seen on almost any shift, and if you pay attention you’ll notice a lot more nexus’s being used. My list would go
2) ccm tacks (ultra tacks)
3) ccm ribcor 40k
4)ccm rbz speedburner
5) bauer nexus 8000/1N
6) bauer vapor 1X
7) easton synergy htx
8) warrior covert qr1
9) easton VE
10)warrior dynasty


April 24, 2015

James – I ranked the NXG / MX3 as a combined # 2 on my list. I love that stick and sell a ton of them!

The 20K would have made my 2013 list.


April 23, 2015

so Ovechkin Stamkos Kane Toews Staal dont use the best stick LOL not to mention Crosby’s reebok 20k didnt even make the list. i think ur bias is showing. the total one nxg was also the only stick ovie couldnt continually break. and it was rated the lightest stick in the world. how can you even suggest another stick is better is beyond me. grow up


March 08, 2015

Good job but the tacks should be top 3 and synergy is awesome

Aaron Nussbaum
Aaron Nussbaum

March 06, 2015

I totally agree and I have the Bauer APX 2, but maybe put the rib ore before the Easton Synergy HTX.

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