Hockey equipment is always evolving, and gear that hits the NHL is no different. Some players stick with tried-and-true items, while others love to experiment with the newest and best equipment.
Here is the most popular equipment in the NHL as sourced by GearGeek:
CCM Jetspeed FT1 – CCM may not be the biggest name in hockey equipment anymore, but it still corners the market on gloves. Built off CCM’s popular Quicklite line, CCM Jetspeed FT1 gloves will fit players’ hands a bit tighter than other lines without sacrificing mobility and flexibility. The built-in Pro Flex Thumb allows for full range of motion for better stick feel and, ultimately, better control of the puck.
When players such as Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Ovechkin and Auston Matthews wear CCM Jetspeed FT1s, you can see why they are go-to gloves in the NHL
Bauer Vapor Hyperlite – Bauer hits our list with its popular Vapor Hyperlite gloves. They offer pro-style comfort, protection and mobility — while a relaxed fit allows for better hand/finger movement, which equates to a spectacular feel when shooting and stickhandling.
Jonathan Huberdeau, Tyler Seguin, Nikita Kucherov and Jack Hughes all wear Bauer Vapor Hyperlites, which boast a 13% market share among NHL players.
CCM Ultra Tacks – CCM captures an overall market share of 35% with its glove models. The CCM Ultra Tacks are trusted by the likes of Artemi Panarin, Nazem Kadri, Brock Boeser and Neal Pionk.
CCM Jetspeed FT6 Pro – When it comes to a particular model, CCM leads the way with its Jetspeed FT6 Pro stick. Building off what it learned with the FT4 and FT5, the Jetspeed FT6 Pro features a new shaft, made with thicker carbon fiber layers designed to improve durability. Its RR-100 blade is on the stiffer side but still brings home the title as the lightest that CCM has produced. CCM Jetspeed FT6 Pro users in the NHL include Connor McDavid, John Tavares, Tim Stützle and Roman Josi
Bauer Nexus Sync – Bauer owns the highest market share of NHL sticks (nearly 40% of players). The most popular is the Nexus Sync. At 365 grams, it weighs 25 grams less than its predecessor, the Nexus Geo. ACL 2.0 technology is behind this reduced weight — the stick is comprised of more thin carbon fiber layers than previous models. Bauer also offers customization of the Nexus Sync through its MyBAUER program. NHL players using the Bauer Nexus Sync include David Pastrňák, Aleksander Barkov, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar
Bauer Vapor HyperLite 2 – No surprise that Bauer holds another spot on this list. The Vapor HyperLite 2 was designed to give players the quickest release possible. Like other Vapor sticks, the Hyperlite 2 has a low kick point and weighs only 365 grams. A lighter stick creates a better transfer of energy for quicker plays, faster shots and more goals. Tyler Seguin, Patrik Laine, Bo Horvat and Quinn Hughes all use the Bauer Vapor HyperLite 2.
Bauer Vapor HyperLite, (Spoiler alert: You will only see Bauers on this list). – Bauer owns a 67% market share of skates in the NHL, highlighted by the Vapor HyperLite. Bauer offers Hyperflex Technology, a combination of facing and outsole technology that improves the overall flex profile of the skates to optimize quickness and agility. They also are much lighter than their predecessors. Matthew Tkachuk, Drew Doughty, Patrik Laine and Steven Stamkos all wear Bauer Vapor HyperLite skates
Bauer Supreme Mach – Bauer Supreme Machs are the next generation in power. The boots are made of 12K Carbon Curv composite material, which makes them sturdier and allows for maximum acceleration. They also include a trigger removal system in the holders — giving users a steel option based on their style of play — a staple of Bauer skates for more than a decade. Jack Eichel, Adam Fox, Erik Karlsson and Cale Makar all wear Bauer Supreme Machs
Bauer Vapor HyperLite 2 – The second generation of Vapor HyperLite 2 skates are worn by nearly 14% of NHL players. A step up from its predecessor, the Vapor HyperLite 2 boasts an increase in a player’s quickness and agility due to the Aerolite 2.0 tongue. These skates also include the most advanced blade holders to date, leading to quicker pivots, better balance and more power in every stride. David Pastrňák, Jonathan Huberdeau, Dylan Larkin and Tim Stützle are among those wearing Bauer Vapor HyperLite 2 skates.
The biggest takeaway from these lists? CCM and Bauer are kings of NHL equipment. Both companies can boast an array of satisfied customers in the NHL and elsewhere. If you want to dress like the pros, look no further than CCM and Bauer.