Author: David Elliott

1st Annual Haggard Hockey Hair Contest

It’s that time of year again and we want to see your hockey hair.  This year we are holding the First Annual Haggard hockey hair contest.  Now through February send us pictures of yourself showing off your amazing flow!!  We want to see the lettuce and mullets in action.  Click HERE to submit your photos!   

Terms: By submitting your photo you are giving permission to Haggard Hockey to use your photo for any purposes.

The All-New 2021 USA Series of sticks are here.

CARBON FIBER NEVER LOOKED SO WOOD

The USA Series has been redesigned to give it a more realistic wood grain look for 2021.  Same great lightweight carbon fiber sticks we have always made.  Designed with a mid kick point for the all-around player looking for a stick that is great for quick wrist shots and explosive slap shots.  With this stick, you can have all the latest technology of carbon fiber and have the old-school look of wood!  We offer 20, 30, 40, 50, 55, 65, 70, 77, 87 and 102 flex.  p88, p92, and p28 curves in stock on our Intermediate – Adult sticks. Click here for more information!!

What’s the right stick for me?

After fitting hundreds of kids with sticks and spending weekends at hockey tournaments selling hockey sticks, I have realized a lot of people don’t understand flex and how to properly fit a hockey stick.  Why is flex so important?  Flex does two things for you; it allows you to shoot harder and lift the puck easier.  Good shooters will use the flex to sling shot the puck faster than you can ever do with your arms alone. 

Throughout the 90’s and 2000’s, we saw NHL players using stiff sticks surpassing 110+ flex.  In the last 10 years, the trend has gone the other way.  You used to never see an NHL player using anything less then an 85+ flex.  Now, 70-90 flex sticks are the norm for the NHL.  It is reported that Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames uses a 55-flex stick.      

What’s the right length for me?
The general rule still applies for length; without skates on, the stick should be below your nose.  With skates on, the stick should be below your chin.  Length is critical. If the stick is too long or short, you will change the lie of the stick.  This will affect the players ability to shoot the puck accurately.  If the stick is too long, you will struggle to get the puck off the ice. If the stick is too short, you will lose power and often shoot higher than intended. 

What’s the right flex for me?
That is a great rule, however, now let’s talk about flex.  The general rule is less then half your body weight.  So, if your child weighs 100 pounds a 50 flex is the most you should buy; even better is a 45 flex.  Don’t forget that for every inch you cut off, you add 5 points of stiffness to the stick.  So, for example if you have a 45 flex and you cut two inches off the stick, it now becomes a 55 flex.  This is crucial I see kids that weigh 60lb and their parents will buy them a 35 flex thinking he will grow into the stick and cut 4 inches off. That stick is now essentially a 55+ flex.

Thanks to Rich Wahls for coming and getting his son fitted! This is showing one of the goals he scored with his new stick.

Why is curve and kick point important?  
Curve is a very personal item, however, for youth and junior players, most companies offer a p92 or p28 curves. Both have a open curve on the toe.  This helps the child be able to lift the puck just a little easier.  The kick point is even more important. Having a low kick point will allow for the puck to get air born just a little easier then a mid or high kick point. 

General rule for kick point is to use a low kick point if most of your shots are wrist shots that come inside the face off dots or 5-15 feet from the goal.  If most of your shots are shots between 10 and 20 feet from the goal and can be a wrist/snap or slap shot, then a mid-kick point is a good stick and in general a mid kick point stick is a good all-around stick for most players.  High kick points are good for defensemen who shoot 0-10 feet inside the blue line and who like to let the slappers fly.  

What hand is right for my new player? 
So, this is a lot easier than people think.  The general rule in the last five years has been to put your dominate hand on the top of the stick.  If you don’t know your child’s dominate hand, then put a broom or stick in front of them and ask them to grab it with one hand and then the other.  Most of the time you will find that they will reach toward the top of the item with their dominate hand.  So, if they put their right hand at the top of the stick, then they are left-handed and if they put their left hand at the top of the stick, then they are a right-handed hockey player.