Engineering in Sports: The Toughest Hockey Stick

Engineering in Sports: The Toughest Hockey Stick

It’s a common scene: A scoring chance is lost when a player winds up for a slap shot and their stick explodes upon contact with the puck.

Colt Hockey is aiming to prevent this altogether.

“Sticks are not only breaking on slap shots, they are breaking while receiving passes and through the simplest form of contact,” explains Daniel Lucchesi, one of the company’s six founders.

Colt Hockey is using nano technology and materials to create a stick that will not break under regular game play conditions in ice or ball hockey.

“It’s like a warrior with their sword, there’s an attachment to it, and one of the most heartbreaking things is when your precious stick shatters on you mid-game play,” he said. “The only way to do that is to make it so it wouldn’t wear down or break on you. You couldn’t do that with composite or fibreglass and all the previous materials, so we began the journey to find the right material and process that would let us hold onto our sticks as long as possible and fully cash in on the investments we make in our sticks.”

 

 

Lucchesi says they used several prototypes to get to the stage they are at today – close to a final product.

“(The Colt) feels like a regular, elite composite (stick), with one major difference. Unlike a composite, The Colt’s performance is not dictated by the game play environment,” said Lucchesi. “Whether it is used on traditional ice surfaces, polished concrete, or even in an impromptu game of street hockey, The Colt keeps the athlete in control.”

The high performance nano material lets it demonstrate the same strength ratios as industrial steel while maintaining the lightweight flexibility of the elite composite sticks currently on the market.

Prototyping is a critical element of product development and allows creators to visualize their ideas. Design flaws and imperfections can be revamped and reconfigured for optimal performance.

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