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Later this summer, Bauer will launch their latest line of Vapor sticks with the all new Bauer Vapor Flylite Stick leading the charge.

The Bauer Vapor Flylite stick will take the reins in 2019 as the latest elite level stick from Bauer Hockey’s Vapor line. It offers some great updates over the current model, so let’s just right into the specs to see what’s being offered.

Bauer’s Vapor series has long been designed with a quick release in mind. That philosophy remains intact with the Bauer Vapor Flylite stick, and a new taper design has been included to help with that. However, the taper may not actually be new to some. Bauer’s XE Taper Technology included on the Flylite stick is an enhanced version of the elliptical taper design which had been featured on Easton sticks such as the Stealth S17 and S19.

Moving into the shaft, the Bauer Vapor Flylite stick will use lightweight asymmetrical TeXtreme construction as well as Advanced Carbon Layering technology. This two features are limited to stick with a 40 flex and above, however. The shaft will also contain a DuraFlex Resin System and feature the Micro Feel II shaft dimensions with rounded corners and double concave sidewalls.

Down in the blade, you’ll find Advanced Carbon Laying technology along with an Aero-Sense 2 blade core. Together, these are going to help reduce weight on the Bauer Vapor Flylite stick, and improve your shot. A Pure Shot blade profile will also help to improve durability, accuracy, and blade control.

The Bauer Vapor Flylite stick is a true one piece stick, constructed using Monocomp technology. When it arrives in stores, it will come in the following flexes, patterns, and lengths:

102 Flex (P88, P92, P28, P92M), 60 inches

87 Flex (PM9, P88, P92, P28, P14, P92M), 60 inches

77 Flex (PM9, P88, P92, P28, P14, P92M), 60 inches

70 Flex (PM9, P88, P92, P28, P14, P92M), 60 inches

65 Flex (PM9, P88, P92, P28, P14, P92M), 57 inches

55 Flex (PM9, P88, P92, P28, P14, P92M), 57 inches

50 Flex (P92, P88, P28), 54 inches

40 Flex (P92, P88, P28), 52 inches

30 Flex (P92, P88, P28), 50 inches

For those looking to get their hands on the all new Bauer Vapor Flylite Stick, you shouldn’t have to wait too long. Rumors currently point to the Flylite stick releasing on August 2nd. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on the Flylite and other upcoming gear.

If you can’t wait until the Flyite stick is launched, head over to our friends at Ice and Inline Warehouse today where they are clearing out inventory of the 1X Lite stick. You can pick one of those up for only $225, saving $75 off the original retail price!

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Warrior Hockey fans rejoice, the all new Warrior Alpha DX stick line is now available for pre-order from our friends at Ice and Inline Warehouse!

Leading the charge for the DX Stick line is the elite level Warrior Alpha DX Stick. At $259.99, it’s not a bad deal for an elite level stick, and especially one weighing less than 400 grams. The stick itself features a mid-low kick point and offers a great balance between shot power and release quickness. The Alpha DX stick also features new 1400D Minimus carbon fiber and a true one piece construction.

Pre-Order the Warrior Alpha DX Stick

Next in the line is the Alpha DX Pro stick coming in at $199.99. This stick is a bit heavier at 445 grams, but is going to offer tremendous performance for high level players while still saving a bit of money versus the premier level stick. This version is constructed with Minimus 1000D carbon fiber and a flat weave.

Check out the Alpha DX Pro Stick

The Warrior Alpha DX3 stick is up next with a price of $149.99. This is a performance model, great for beer leaguers looking to get solid performance without spending a ton, and weighs in at 435 grams. The DX3 utilizes Minimus 800D carbon fiber in the shaft and is paired with 12k carbon fiber in the blade.

Check out the Alpha DX3 Stick

If you’re looking for a stick under $100 to get by on, the Warrior Alpha DX4 stick could be your choice. It’s a bit heavier at 465 grams, and uses Minimus 400D carbon fiber paired with performance fiberglass. It’s a true one-piece constructed stick, but will likely be for those players sticking to a budget or those who are newer to the game and are looking for a decent twig.

Check out the Alpha DX4 Stick

The Warrior Alpha DX5 stick will be your true entry level stick made for recreational level players. Starting at a cool $69.99, the DX5 stick is perfect for anyone who is new to the game or simply doesn’t want to break the bank purchasing hockey gear. It still features a true one-piece design and a low kick point, but weighs in at 540 grams using a blend of Minimus carbon and fiberglass.

Check out the Warrior Alpha DX5 Stick

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Jack Hughes, the number one overall draft pick for the New Jersey Devils, has chosen number 86 for his NHL number.

Hughes began his career with the US National Team Development Program wearing the number 6, which had been a family number. He later began wearing number 43, which had been previously worn for the USNTDP by older brother Quinn.

For his NHL number, Jack Hughes returned back to a number he wore playing midget hockey. Whether it was 6, 43, or 86, Hughes has seen incredible success in all numbers he’s worn. He now looks to translate that success to the NHL as early as next season.

As for the number itself, Hughes will be only the 14th player to wear the number 86. He joins fellow NHLers Nikita Kucherov and Teuvo Teravainen as the only active players wearing 86 on their jersey.

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EA Sports announced NHL 20 at the NHL Awards tonight in Las Vegas and Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews has been selected as the cover athlete. 

“Growing up I always admired all the players who got to be on the cover of the game. This is a very cool honor and I am proud to represent my organization,” said Matthews. “I’m also really competitive, so now I can’t wait to fire up NHL 20 in the locker room and play against my teammates.”

NHL 20 will officially release to the public on September 13, but pre-orders are available beginning today for XBox One and PS4. However, if you pre-order the Deluxe or Ultimate Editions, you will receive early access to the game beginning on September 10. Beyond that, subscribers of EA Access will be able to play the game starting September 5th. 

As far as the game itself, EA Sports has introduced Superstar Signature Shots in NHL 20. This feature allows you to increase authenticity of your game by using real world shooting styles from some of your favorite players, such as Auston Matthews.

The full lineup of key features for NHL 20 can be found below. You can find the full reveal trailer below as well!

  • Speed and Shooting Fueled by RPM Tech
  • A New Generation of Hockey Broadcasting
  • New Mode and Icons in Hockey Ultimate Team
  • New Ways to Play With Friends
  • An Ever-Expanding World of CHEL

NHL 20 Cover Reveal Trailer ft. Auston Matthews - YouTube

Follow the links below to pre-order your copy of NHL 20 today!

Pre-Order NHL 20 for Xbox One

Pre-Order NHL 20 for PS4

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It was two years ago, back in 2017, when True Hockey launched the Pro Custom Player Skate. They were designed originally by Scott Van Horne, and later brought into the lineup after True Hockey acquired Van Horne’s VH Footwear.

Two years later, it seems that True Hockey is ready to launch the next iteration of the Pro Custom Player Skate as they have now begun teasing a new skate launch for July 15th on social media.

On Instagram and Facebook, the post reads as follows:

In 2017, we challenged the status quo of #skate design with the #fit and #performance of the TRUE Pro Custom Skate.
On July 15th, find out how we’re proving innovation never stops.

While we’ve never used the True skates personally, we’ve been incredibly impressed with what True Hockey has been doing since launching and are excited to see what comes next from their skate team.

Check back with us on July 15th to see the latest from True Hockey!

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The year 2019 is going to be incredible when it comes to stick launches. One of the sticks we’re looking forward to the most is the upcoming CCM Super Tacks AS2 stick.

Projected to launch in the fall of 2019, the CCM Super Tacks AS2 stick has a fresh look that still retains the same style and yellow/black color scheme that we’re used to.

As far as specs and details on the Super Tacks AS2 stick, we still don’t know much at this point. However, if history means anything, the CCM Super Tacks AS2 stick will be an absolute monster and one of our favorites.

Keep an eye out on HockeyWorldBlog.com for more details on the CCM Super Tacks AS2 stick, including the CCM Super Tacks AS2 stick release date as we will publish more when it becomes available. For now, check out the image below and let us know what you think of the new CCM Super Tacks AS2 stick.

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Since their inception, Conquest Hockey has been providing incredible hockey focused apparel for those players who are looking to be the best athlete and human they can be. Their existence is fueled by hard workers and winners, those that understand they have to endure the long and hard road to become a champion.

Along that road, Conquest Hockey has delivered on several successful product launches. The latest is their new Vantage Spring Collection. We were fortunate to recieve a few pieces from the collection to review. Below is our full Conquest Hockey Wrap-Around hoodie review.

The Wrap-Around is a stylish hoodie designed for performance or everyday wear using breathable and sweat wicking materials. It’s composed of a blend of rayon, polyester, and spandex, making it soft with just enough stretch.

Conquest puts their own spin on it with the addition of double front zipper pockets, rather than traditional hoodie pockets. This means you’re going to be able to put your keys, wallet, or other accessories in the pockets and not worry about them falling out. They have also put other nice touches on the hoodie by tapering the waist to eliminate bagginess, splitting the side seam, and adding a rounded scoop bottom.

What has always blown me away about Conquest products is the incredible quality. The Wrap-Around hoodie is certainly no exception. It’s incredibly comfortable, and plenty warm, making it the perfect companion for training in cooler weather, keeping muscles warm prior to training, or just wearing around on a cool summer night.

When it comes to sizing, the lesson I’ve learned on most Conquest tops is to size up. Since I have a longer torso to cover and like my tops to fit a bit looser, I size up beyond what is recommended on the Conquest website. In a normal hoodie, I would typically wear a size large. For the Wrap-around hoodie, I went with an XL and found the sizing to be perfect. It provides the fit I desired, and is extremely comfortable to wear and move around in.

At the end of the day, the Wrap-Around hoodie is a no brainer to add to your collection of Conquest apparel. It’s an awesome multifunctional sweater that you will end up wanting to keep with you wherever you go.

If you want to pick up a Wrap-Around hoodie from Conquest Hockey, head over to ConquestHockey.co. You can grab the hoodie today and save 15% on your order by using the coupon code HockeyWorld15. Check them out and grab yours now!

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Since their inception, Conquest Hockey has been providing incredible hockey focused apparel for those players who are looking to be the best athlete and human they can be. Their existence is fueled by hard workers and winners, those that understand they have to endure the long and hard road to become a champion.

Along that road, Conquest Hockey has delivered on several successful product launches including the all new Vantage Spring Collection. We were fortunate enough to receive a few pieces from the collection to review. Below is our full Conquest Hockey Virtuoso 2.0 Hat review.

The Virtuoso 2.0 hat is a snapback style hat with a curved bill. It has a performance mesh back for easy breathability. This hat is designed with an anti-sweat stain performance material, and includes an integrated sweatband, making it the perfect lid for working out or taking into the summer heat.

As much as I have enjoyed the apparel, Conquest Hockey hats have probably been my favorite pieces to wear. The Virtuoso 2.0 is clearly another home run in the lid department and the upgrades to it are phenomenal. The new integrated sweatband is not only extremely functional, but it also makes the hat incredibly comfortable too.

Beyond the functionality, the Virtuoso 2.0 hat looks awesome. I love that it comes with a pre-curved bill, and the curve it delivers is spot on. The navy blue color of the hat is also very attractive and pair well with a lot of different outfits. If blue isn’t your color, the hat also comes in grey, black, or black/white.

If you’re looking to pick up a new Virtuoso 2.0 hat from Conquest Hockey, or want to check out the rest of the Vantage Spring Collection, head on over to ConquestHockey.co.

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While the marketing and sales plans may have changed, the STX Surgeon RX3 stick still features innovative technology such as the PureGrip shaft design, PureBlade carbon fibers, Precision Flex II flex profile, and more. But are these design elements enough to make this stick worthy of your money? Find out more in our full STX Surgeon RX3 stick review.

Before diving into the performance, let’s go over the technology that makes up the RX3 Stick. Perhaps the most unique feature of the stick is the PureGrip shaft design which features an ergonomic U-shaped design on the underside of the shaft which helps to fill the void in your hand that can be found with more traditional shaft designs.

Sticking with the shaft, the RX3 uses a Precision Flex II flex profile which STX claims is the most versatile dual-kick stick on the market. They’ve done this by optimizing the lower hosel for a faster release. Meanwhile, the upper portion maximizes load for more powerful and hard shots.

Moving into the blade we’ll find the PureBlade tech where STX has seamlessly woven together high performance carbon fibers for advanced performance. To enhance puck feel they’ve used 3k carbon fiber on the front of the blade, on the back, however, they’ve used 18k in order to reduce weight. A proprietary resin called Silver Streak has also been injected along the base of the blade to help increase durability. Finally, STX applied their Sand Grit texture to the blade to increase friction and help maximize puck responsiveness.

So now that we’ve examined what makes up the stick, a simple question remains. Do the innovative and fresh technologies translate into a great elite level stick? We were fortunate enough to receive a demo RX3 stick from STX to put through the paces and came away pleased, but not blown away, with what it had to offer.

When first picking up the stick, it feels nice in the hands but isn’t the lightest stick on the market. After several years of weight not being on the forefront of players minds, mostly because all sticks were in the 425 gram range, it has become a hot topic once again. Companies like Bauer and now Warrior are unveiling new sticks weighing less than 400 grams, and setting that as the new standard. STX has met the standard at 425 grams, but additional weight reduction would help take this stick to the next level.

The shaft design of the RX3 is obviously a big deal on paper, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I can’t say that the ergonomic design made me a better stickhandler, shooter, passer, or better at hockey in any way, but I’m also not sure that’s the intent. Filling that negative space in your hands is more of a comfort thing than anything else, at least to me. To some players, I’m sure the new design is great and makes a noticeable difference out on the rink. For me, it was neither a great feature nor a drawback. It felt fine in my hands, but more unnoticable than game changing and not something I can say that is a must have on a stick.

When it comes to shot performance, the STX Surgeon RX3 stick performed about as expected. Wristers were clean and quick, with some decent zip on them, while slapshots felt hard with a strong release. I had a bit of trouble with accuracy using the RX3, but I attribute that more to the curve I was using rather than the stick itself.

Speaking of curves, there are only three blade patterns to choose from with the RX3. Two of them are mid-toe curves, and the other is a mid. I chose the X28 which is a mid-toe curve with advanced open face. Despite it being highlighted for extreme preciison and accuracy on the site, I did not find it work well in that regard. In hindsight, choosing one of the other blades would have performed a bit better for my game.

The big question at the end of all this is should I buy this stick? Perhaps the easiest way to answer that question is by looking at the price tag. STX made a dramatic shift in their gear offerings with this release, making products available on their own website rather than through a collection of dealers. This allowed them to lower prices dramatically, and the senior size RX3 currently costs only $174.99. Not only does this give you a great stick at an awesome price, but you also receive a 14 day risk free trial, money back guarantee, and free shpping on your purchase. It’s pretty much a no brainer then that if you’re eyeing the RX3, it’s worth a shot.

To pick up your own STX Surgeon RX3 stick, head over to STX.com or click here. If you’ve used the RX3, leave us a note in the comments below and let us know what you thought of the stick!

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Warrior Hockey will be taking their stick game to the next level this spring with the launch of their all new Warrior Fantom QRE Stick.

It’s an interesting name, that much we’re sure of, but many other details about the Warrior Fantom Stick remain scarce.

One thing we do know, however, is that the Warrior Fantom QRE Stick will be incredibly lightweight. Currently, Warrior has a stick in the 400 gram range, but rumors point to this stick being up to 40 grams lighter and hovering in the 360 gram range.

Other rumors suggest the Warrior Fantom model will be similar to last years Bauer ADV, which was a very limited edition stick.

Fortunately we will not have to wait too incredibly long for an answer. The Warrior Fantom Stick is going to launch on May 24th. Keep checking back for more details and we will update as they become available.

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