What sticks do NHL players use? (Answered!)

Most popular hockey stick brands in the NHL

Trying to find a new twig for next season and want to go with a tried and true model used by the pros? You’re in the right place.

Let’s take a look at what sticks most NHL players use.

The most popular hockey stick brands used by NHL players are:

  1. CCM
  2. Bauer
  3. Warrior
  4. True
  5. Sherwood
Hockey Stick Brand Use percentage in the NHL
CCM 42.5%
Bauer 36.2%
Warrior 16.6%
True 3.7%
Sherwood 0.7%

Notable current NHL players who use CCM sticks include; Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, Mark Scheifele and Filip Forsberg.

However, when it comes to specific hockey models used in the NHL, the picture painted is a bit different.

The most used hockey stick in the NHL

When it comes to the specific model that is used most in the NHL, this is where things start to change.

The Bauer Nexus Geo Grip is the most used hockey stick in the NHL, with 105 players currently using it. Right behind is the CCM Jetspeed FT3 Pro model, currently used by 100 NHL players.

Notable current NHL players who use the Bauer Nexus Geo Grip include; Aleksander Barkov, Adam Fox, Cale Makar, Kevin Hayes, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Victor Hedman, Brady Tkachuk, Tyler Seguin, and Anze Kopitar.

Model Number of NHL players who use it
Bauer Nexus Geo Grip 105
CCM Jetspeed FT3 Pro 100
Bauer Vapor FlyLite 97
CCM Ribcor Trigger 5 Pro 61
Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic 49
Warrior Alpha DX Grip 48
CCM Super Tacks AS3 Pro 42
CCM Jetspeed FT2 Grip 35
Warrior Alpha DX SL Grip 33
CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro Grip 30
Warrior Alpha LX Pro 27
True PX 26

So despite CCM being the most widely used stick company in the NHL, it’s Bauer that owns the #1 and #3 spot when it comes to the specific model being used in the NHL.

All statistics provided by GearGeek.com, they have an up-to-date count on the different hockey equipment being used at any given time in the NHL and the list is updated daily.

What makes the Bauer Nexus Geo Grip so popular?

First, let’s take a look at the specs.

Weight 390 grams
Lengths 60, 57, 54, 52, 50
Grip Tacky grip
Kick Point Mid Kick
Flexes available 30, 40, 50, 55, 65, 70, 77, 87
Blade OmniCore
Curves P28, P88, P92, P92M

Bauer’s Nexus Geo Grip is a mid kick point stick and is the most used stick in the NHL, for good reason. Bauer has implemented its ER spine technology into this stick, which removes excess layers of carbon fiber material around the vital loading areas.

The ER spine introduced into this twig makes your hand fit the shaft more naturally, thereby making things like handling and shooting the puck that much easier.

I love my twigs super lightweight. Bauer’s Nexus Geo Grip is ultralight, weighing in at just 390 grams! Compared to the Nexus 2N Pro which weighs 410 grams, that’s pretty sweet.

The blade is a carbon fiber based omni core blade using a lightweight stuff foam on the inside.

The claim behind this blade is that it will provide you with a quicker release on your shots that will feel much like the release of a new stick for a longer period of time.

We sure have come a long ways from wooden sticks.

If you would like to learn more about the most used stick in the NHL and see how it performs, check out this great video by Nasher.

What makes the CCM Jetspeed FT3 Pro so popular?

The second most used stick in the NHL is the CCM Jetspeed FT3 Pro.

It is the lightest model CCM has on the market, weighing in at just about 375 grams.

The hybrid kick point on this bad boy increases both the power and speed at which you are able to shoot the puck. Taking slap shots with this thing is a dream.

No wonder rocket richard winner Auston Matthews uses it.

CCM has equipped this twig with a JF-90 blade that will provide you with a better feel for the puck and when combined with the hybrid kick point eliminates any twisting during your shot.

Similar to the Bauer nexus geo, the CCM Jetspeed FT3 pro features a more natural grip unlike others you’ve used in the past, this is due to the concave sides and rounded off corners.

If you’re a sniper whose bread and butter during games is their slap shots, this stick could be a great fit for you.

To see it in action, check out this video.

Throw all other hockey sticks out! CCM Jetspeed FT3 Pro Snap Shot review

Final thoughts

You won’t find wooden sticks in the NHL anymore. No, the sticks NHL players use all tend to be made from carbon fiber material.

Although CCM currently has a stranglehold on the stick market in the NHL, with 42.5% of all NHL players using their sticks. It’s Bauer who actually has the most widely used model.

The Bauer Nexus Geo Grip is the most used twig in the NHL with the CCM Jetspeed FT 3 Pro not too far behind.

Players change twigs all the time, so this information is subject to change. I will update it when new data is available.