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What Stick does Connor McDavid use? (CCM Brand)

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The hockey sticks featured in this post consist of the lightest models made by CCM. Based on CCM official specs and my own experience, each one excels at certain shooting styles and other facets of the game.

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CCM Jetspeed

FT6 Pro

With it's hybrid kick point, the Jetspeed is ideal for snapshots, slapshots and one-timers.

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CCM Tacks

AS-V Pro

The AS-V Pro is a mid kick point option that generates the greatest power on slap shots.

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CCM Ribcor

Trigger 8 Pro

The Trigger 8 Pro has a low kick point which provides that extra pop on wrist- and snapshots.

Year after year, McDavid continues to show his dominance over the rest of the league. In 2022-23, he finished with 64 goals and 153 points overall during the regular season.

The only players to ever score more points than McDavid in a season remain at Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman. That's it!

He's a dynamic player with one of the deadliest shots and hands in the league.

There's no doubt that raw talent plays a role in his ability to score on a whim.

But let's not leave out the contributions from the advancements made in hockey equipment, especially the hockey sticks.

The last 20+ years has been a revolutionary phase for hockey sticks.

We originally went from wooden sticks, to two-piece aluminum shafts to the composites of today.

Furthermore, the sticks have gotten lighter without the compromise on durability.

The early days was a speed to who can develop the most weightless stick. But along the way, certain features were added to give a natural feel and improve the player's ability to shoot.

I am specifically talking here about features such as stick flex, kick point, blade curve and lie.

As for Connor McDavid, he does have a preference in stick model and its set of features.

What Stick does Connor McDavid Use?

Connor McDavid settled on the CCM Jetspeed FT5 Pro model during the second half of the 2022-23 season. The stick is made of Nanolite Shield Carbon Layering which makes the shaft extremely lightweight and durable. This model was a leading option amongst all NHL players with its hybrid kick point optimized for snapshots, one timers and slap shots. 

While the Jetspeed FT5 is still available online (US | CAN), the highly anticipated CCM Jetspeed FT6 Pro became available early this summer (2023).

I provide the comparative specs below, but the main feature that stands out is the weight reduction in the CCM Jetspeed FT6 Pro - it weighs 365g, which amount to 30g less than the previous generation.

1. CCM Jetspeed FT6 Pro (US | CAN)

Used also by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins & Taylor Hall

CCM Jetspeed FT6 Pro

Released in 2023

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ccm jetspeed ft6 phone
93%
Stick Score

Weight

365g

Material

Sigma STP Spread Tow

Flex (Available In)

70, 75, 80, 85, 95

Blade Curve (Suggested)

P29 or P28

Kick Point

Mid

List Price

$349.99 USD

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Key Features:

  • Better strength and durability than prior models
  • Seamless energy transfer for puck release
  • Variable stiffness in the blade

    What I Like/Dislike About the CCM Jetspeed FT6 Pro:

    Like:

    • Excellent feel and control
    • Low kick point for that extra pop on wrist shots
    • CCM is the gold standard for sticks

    Dislike:

    • Blade is the sensitive point

    Stick Rating Breakdown:

    85%

    Lightness

    95%

    Durability

    100%

    Feel

    90%

    Top Scorer's Choice

    Junior & Intermediate Options:

    If you're searching for the same model stick but for kids or teenagers, check out the selection below. 

    CCM Jetspeed FT6 Pro
    JUNIOR

    List (USD)

    $249.99

    CCM Jetspeed FT6 Pro
    INTERMEDIATE

    List ( USD)

    $329.99

    Low-Cost Equivalent Option (Senior):

    For a less expensive model from the same series, try the:

    CCM Jetspeed FT670
    SENIOR

    USD

    $139.99

    As mentioned above, Connor McDavid used an alternate stick earlier in the season. In fact, he was switching back-and-forth between both during that time span.

    The other model in question was the CCM Tacks AS-V Pro (US | CAN).

    If you're not sure about the difference, I explain it below. But the main feature in question is the kick point.

    Other aspects of his stick that come up include the stick flex and blade curve.

    Let's take a deeper look...

    Stick Flex and Kick Point Explained

    McDavid's choice  described his choice in stick based on feel, his main reasons are likely is based on quick release and shot power. 

    His preferred shot type is either wrist shots or snapshots. Matthews has pointed out that he rarely uses a slap shot for shot selection.

    In fact, 67% of all NHL goals are scored both off wrist shots and snapshots combined. For a summary of how most NHL goals are scored, check out my blog post here.

    To achieve both quick release and power on the shot, the main contribution from the stick comes from the stick flex and the kick point. 

    What Stick Flex does Connor McDavid Use?

    McDavid uses an 85 stick flex because he likes the feel of a stiffer shaft. Furthermore, as a centerman, he can use the rigidity to help win puck possession off the faceoff. 

    Here's the official video where him and other players address their preferred stick flex.

    Generally, the ideal stick flex is related to each player's weight.

    The most basic way to determine your stick flex is to take your weight in pounds (lbs) and divide by two

    The resulting score will land on the exact stick flex required or between two available options. The lower the stick flex value, the more flexible your stick is.

    Keep in mind that cutting your stick will increase the stick flex value, regardless of what is described on the stick.

    What Kick Point does Connor McDavid use?

    Meanwhile, the kick point is the portion of the shaft that snaps the blade back into place on the follow through of a shot.

    The kick point is designed at the lower end of the shaft. When the shaft pops back into place, that is when the puck propels to the net.

    I think a low kick point option would work best to generate the most power on his wrist shot.

    However, McDavid has just transitioned from the mid kick (Tacks) down to the hybrid (Jetspeed)

    It's still not the lowest kick point option that most other forwards gravitate to, but it's a definite improvement.

    The hybrid kick point is a balance between shot power and quick release.

    But it's understandable why he started off with the mid kick. He had a slight edge in strength when battling for the puck on the face off.

    Keep in mind that most defensemen lean towards the mid kick to give them an edge on puck battles too.

    That said, I provided the details for the other premium sticks offered by CCM. Read the features and likes to determine which option is most suitable for your needs.

    2. CCM Tacks AS-V Pro (US | CAN)

    Used by Evgeni Malkin & Ricard Rakell

    CCM Tacks AS-V Pro

    Released in 2022

    ccm super tacks as5 pro
    ccm super tacks as5 pro phone
    83%
    Stick Score

    Weight

    395g

    Material

    Nanolite Carbon Layering

    Flex (Available In)

    70, 75, 80, 85, 95

    Blade Curve (Suggested)

    P29 or P28

    List Price

    $339.99 USD

    Promotion

    None Currently

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    Key Features:

    • Better strength and durability in the shaft
    • V-Geometry down the taper to help easily load the stick
    • Modern Mid Kick Point for powerful slap shots

      What I Like/Dislike About the CCM Tacks AS-V Pro:

      Like:

      • Ideal for slap shots and one-timers
      • Good feel while handling the puck
      • Go-to model for defensemen or tall forwards

      Dislike:

      • Stiffer shaft due to mid kick point

      Stick Rating Breakdown:

      70%

      Lightness

      90%

      Durability

      95%

      Feel

      75%

      Top Scorer's Choice

      Junior & Intermediate Options:

      If you're searching for the same model stick but for kids or teenagers, check out the selection below. 

      CCM Tacks AS-V Pro
      JUNIOR

      List (USD)

      $249.99

      CCM Tacks AS-V Pro
      INTERMEDIATE

      List ( USD)

      $329.99

      Low-Cost Equivalent Options (Senior):

      For a less expensive model from the same series, try the:

      CCM Tacks AS 570
      SENIOR

      Stick Weight: 460g

      USD

      $119.99

      CCM Tacks AS-V
      SENIOR

      Stick Weight: 405g

      USD

      $249.99

      3. CCM Ribcor Trigger 8 Pro  (US | CAN)

      Used by Nathan McKinnon and Sidney Crosby

      CCM Ribcor Trigger 8 Pro

      Released in 2023

      ccm ribcor trigger 8 pro hz
      91%
      Stick Score

      Weight

      380g

      Material

      Nanolite Shield

      Flex (Available In)

      70, 75, 80, 85, 95

      Blade Curve (Suggested)

      P29 or P28

      List Price

      $349.99 USD

      $399.99 CAD

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      Key Features:

      • Nanolite Shield makes for lighter and more durable shaft than prior models
      • Seamless energy transfer for puck release
      • Dampening Foam insert in blade for improved feel when passing and stickhandling 

        What I Like/Dislike About the CCM Ribcor Trigger 8 Pro:

        Like:

        • Excellent feel and control
        • Low kick point for that extra pop on wrist shots
        • Less vibration on blade when handling the puck

        Dislike:

        • Blade is the sensitive point

        Stick Rating Breakdown:

        80%

        Lightness

        95%

        Durability

        100%

        Feel

        90%

        Top Scorer's Choice

        Junior & Intermediate Options:

        If you're searching for the same model stick but for kids or teenagers, check out the selection below. 

        CCM Ribcor Trigger 8 Pro
        JUNIOR

        USD

        $249.99

        CCM Ribcor Trigger 8 Pro
        INTERMEDIATE

        USD

        $329.99

        Low-Cost Equivalent Option (Senior):

        For a less expensive model from the same series, try the:

        CCM Ribcor Trigger 8
        SENIOR

        USD

        $249.99

        Final Thoughts

        When I was growing up, the cool thing was to practice my slapshot.

        Little did I know that it played a minimal role in scoring, especially for forwards.

        And that was back then.

        Today‚Äôs game is all about speed. Not just in skating, but in shot release.  

        The fastest ways to shoot the puck is by wrist shots, snapshots and one-timers. Again, you can refer to my blog post here about How Most NHL Goals are Scored

        The NHL stats show that wrist shots and snapshots make up the bulk of the goals.

        And the top goal scorers, such as Connor McDavid, have the hardest, most precise shots in the game.

        It is up to you to mimic their tactics. 

        And what better way than to do so by working with the same weapon (stick) of choice.

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