Repairing a Hockey Stick

By Captain James R. Watson

Ice hockey sticks are exposed to cold temperatures plus high shock forces from contact with the puck as well as with the ice and skates. Hockey sticks can be wood/fiberglass laminates or composites of carbon fiber or aramid. The stick blades often chip and split with use and have to be repaired (or else replaced at $50–$150 each). A customer who repairs and maintains hockey sticks for a local team had been using a conventional epoxy for repairs and found that it often chipped under such use.

To make the repair, he pries open the split and dries it with a heat gun. While it is still warm, he injects G/flex® into the split, clamps it together, and allows it to cure. After removing the clamps, he wraps the repair area with one layer of 2″ fiberglass tape, wetting it as he proceeds. The tape is somewhat more difficult to wet out with G/flex due to its increased viscosity, but no other finishing is needed.

Using G/flex, the customer has found that the more flexible epoxy provides a significant improvement in durability over the epoxy which he had used previously.