In a story out of the US this morning, Nj.com says some NHL hockey teams are having trouble getting new hockey sticks because the majority of them are manufactured in China where the coronavirus is running rampant. Many hockey stick companies are being hampered by the virus and are unable to produce and ship new gear on a timely basis.
New Hampshire-based Bauer and Montreal-based CCM supply roughly 75% of NHL players with sticks, which are highly customizable and made in small batches in China. With the country at a standstill, the NHL has been unable to get fresh stock.
The only major stick-maker not affected is Warrior, which manufactures its sticks in Mexico and counts 22% of NHL players as clients.
What they’re saying: “I’ve been looking for some [new sticks], and I think they’re kinda slowed up a bit,” Bruins forward Charlie Coyle told the Boston Globe. “So I am trying to make do … trying not to break too many right now.”