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TABLE OF CONTENTS FAMILY ATTRIBUTES

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT STICK

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STICK TECHNOLOGY

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UNDERSTANDING BLADE PATTERN

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BLADE PATTERNS

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COMPARABLE PATTERNS

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STICK FLEX GUIDE

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FLEX PROFILE COMPARISON

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KICKPOINT + BLADE OPTIMIZATION

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OPTIMAL PLAYABILITY

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TROUBLESHOOTING

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS

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WHAT’S YOUR SHOT? QUICK MOTION

MID MOTION

SNAP SHOT

SNAP SHOT

SLAP SHOT

SLAP SHOT

FULL MOTION

SNAP SHOT

SLAP SHOT

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QUICK RELEASE TO GET YOUR SHOT OFF AS FAST AS POSSIBLE

QUICK MOTION SHOTS SNAP SHOT

SLAP SHOT

LOW KICK POINT CRISP BLADE LOW KICK POINT + CRISP BLADE WORK TOGETHER TO OPTIMIZE QUICK RELEASE SHOTS

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LARGE SWEET SPOT ALLOWS YOU TO SHOOT WITH DEADLY ACCURACY IN ANY SITUATION

MID MOTION SHOTS SNAP SHOT

SLAP SHOT

MID KICK POINT

RESPONSIVE BLADE MID KICK POINT + RESPONSIVE BLADE WORK TOGETHER TO OPTIMIZE ACCURATE SHOOTING

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MAXIMIZES ENERGY TRANSFER TO GIVE YOU YOUR HARDEST SHOT POSSIBLE

FULL MOTION SHOTS SNAP SHOT

SLAP SHOT HIGH KICK POINT

RESPONSIVE BLADE HIGH KICK POINT + RESPONSIVE BLADE WORK TOGETHER TO OPTIMIZE POWERFUL SHOTS

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT STICK WHAT’S YOUR SHOT?

SNAP SHOT

QUICK MOTION

MID MOTION

SLAP SHOT

FULL MOTION

QUICK MOTION

MID MOTION

FULL MOTION

PERFORMANCE

ELITE

PRO

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PRICE P OINT SEG MENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ADDITIONAL FE ATURE S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . STIFF BLADE CORE

SOFT BLADE CORE

SOFT BLADE CORE

ROUND SHAFT

SQUARE SHAFT

SQUARE SHAFT

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STICK TECHNOLOGY BY PRICE POINT SEGMENT SEGMENT

BLADE CORE

— PRO —

POWER SENSE 2 This is a combination of soft, responsive blade core materials with SENSE technology. SENSE technology is a rubberized layer that is infused directly into the TeXtreme carbon fiber that improves puck feel, weight and balance. Slightly softer linear stiffness offers longer puck contact time which allows energy to be fully loaded into the puck when shooting.

AERO SENSE 2 This is a stiff, crisp blade core material with SENSE technology. SENSE technology is a rubberized layer that is infused directly into the TeXtreme carbon fiber that improves puck feel, weight and balance. Slightly higher linear stiffness offers shorter puck contact time to get the a shot off as fast as possible.

— ELITE —

AEROFOAM 3 Polymer based material from the aerospace industry is a light, stiff foam that has a high strength to weight ratio that allows for better balance and a high center of gravity [COG]. It is the same high performance foam in the AERO SENSE 2 blade without the SENSE layer. AEROFOAM I Proprietary core material that combines superior dampening properties for better feel and a lightweight construction for better overall balance.

PERFORMANCE

AEROFOAM I Proprietary core material that combines superior dampening properties for better feel and a lightweight construction for better overall balance. POLYURETHANE [PU] Robust blade core that offers certified durability and blade stiffness for an unmatched value.

CARBON FIBER

RESIN SYSTEM

TEXTREME Exclusive to BAUER in hockey, TeXtreme is a high end carbon fiber that is 20% lighter than conventional carbon without sacrificing strength.

ELASTECH Developed to extend a stick’s ‘pop life’ to keep it feeling newer, longer. It is a proprietary system enriched with carbon nanotube reinforcements that increases the stick’s durability by reducing the spread of micro-fractures caused by slashes and puck impacts.

12K 10% stronger than traditional 3K fiber with similar properties.

R3 Constructed using better fiber tension which delivers a more robust structure, heightened durability and better energy transfer while shooting.

3K Interlocking layers of carbon fiber that offer superior strength in multiple directions.

BASKETWEAVE Layers of unidirectional carbon fiber that offer a solid balance of durability and playability.

R2 Consistent resin flow provides a more efficient construction for a strong, lightweight product.

R1 Durable epoxy based system that offers reliable results shot after shot.

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UNDERSTANDING BLADE PATTERN BLADE LENGTH

SHORT

· Improved puck control for faster stickhandling

MEDIUM

· Combination of control and power

LONG

· Improved pass reception

FACE ANGLE

CUR

OPEN

TOE

CLOSED

· Lifting the puck

· Accurate shooting

· Saucer passes

· Puck control

· Quick rel

· Shot velocity

· Quick release shots

CURVE TYPE

TOE

· Quick release shots

MID

· Balanced results for all shots

CURVE DEPTH

HEEL

· High-velocity shots

DEEP

· Faster wrist shots · Excellent puck control on your forehand

MODERATE

SLIGHT

· Balanced control on your forehand and backhand

· Accurate passing · Better puck control on your backhand

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P12

BLADE PATTERNS P92 LIE 5

TOE

LIE (SR)

LIE (JR)

PM9

SHORT

CLOSED

MID

ROUND

4

P88

P12 5 P12 P92 LIE 5 P92 LIE 5

MEDIUM

CLOSED

MID

ROUND

6

5

P92

MEDIUM

OPEN

MID-TOE

ROUND

6

6

P92 LIE 5

MEDIUM

OPEN

MID-TOE

ROUND

5

5

P28

MEDIUM

CLOSED

TOE

ROUND

5

6

P91

LONG

OPEN

HEEL

ROUND

P92 LIE 5 6 P92 LIE 5

6

P91A

LONG

OPEN

HEEL

ROUND

6

6

P14

SHORT

CLOSED

TOE

SQAURE

6

5

P02

LONG

OPEN

HEEL

SQUARE

P92 LIE 5 P91 7 P91

6

P106

LONG

OPEN

6

6

P91 P92 LIE 5

P91

P91 P91

P92 LIE 5

P92 LIE 5 P91

P12

P92 LIE 5

P91

P92 LIE 5

P91

P91

P92 LIE 5

7

P91

P91

P92 LIE 5 P12

7 P12 P12

P12 P12

ROUND

P92 LIE 5 P92 LIE 5

MID-HEEL

P91

P12

P92 LIE 5

ROUND

P91

OPEN

HEEL

P91

SHORT

P91

P12

P91 P12

BLADE PROFILE P12

CURVE

P92 LIE 5

FACE

P91

LENGTH

P12

P12

COMPARABLE PATTERNS SHERWOOD

PM9

P45, P42

E/P 4, E/P 9

W01

PP09, PP96

P88

P40

E36

W88, W08

P92

P19, P87A

E/P3

W03

P12 P92 P92 LIE LIE 55

P12

P46

P02

P38

W11, W28, W10

E/P 6

W05

P91 P91

W14 E/P5

P92 LIE 5

PP88, PP20 PP01

P91

P91

P92 LIE 5

P14

E 28

P91

P15

P91

P12

P92 LIE 5

P91A

P92 LIE 5

PP26

P91

P28

P92 LIE 5 P91

PP77

BLADE PROFILE P92 LIE 5 P12

WARRIOR

P92 LIE 5

EASTON

P91

CCM

W12, W02

P92 LIE 5

P106

P7

P92 LIE 5 P91

P91

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STICK FLEX GUIDE This guide can be used to help determine the proper stick flex a player should use to maximize their performance. Using the wrong flex can be detrimental to overall playability. Player strength or if the stick is cut may cause the player to go up or down in flex. AGE GROUP

HEIGHT

WEIGHT

STICK FLEX

BAUER STICK LENGTH (SHAFT + BLADE)

TYKE (3-5)

2'11" - 3'10''

25 - 50 LBS

30 FLEX

43”

YOUTH (4-6)

3'4'' - 4'1''

30 - 60 LBS

35 FLEX

47”

YOUTH TALL / YOUTH ELITE (5-8)

3'11'' - 4'6"

35 - 75 LBS

35/40 FLEX

51”

JUNIOR (7-11)

4'1'' - 4'9''

80 - 100 LBS

45/47 FLEX

55/57”

JUNIOR (10-13)

4'4'' - 5'1''

90 - 110 LBS

50/52 FLEX

55/57”

INTERMEDIATE (11-14)

4'4" - 5'4''

110 -130 LBS

60 FLEX

62”

INTERMEDIATE (12-15)

4'6'' - 5'6

120 - 140 LBS

67 FLEX

62”

INTERMEDIATE (13-16)

4'9''- 5'7''

140 -160 LBS

75 FLEX

62”

SENIOR (14+)

5'5'' - 5'11''

140 - 170 LBS

77 FLEX

65/69” WITH 4'' EXTENSION PLUG

SENIOR (14+)

5'6'' - 6'1''

160 - 190 LBS

87 FLEX

65/69” WITH 4'' EXTENSION PLUG

SENIOR (14+)

5'7'' - 6'2''

175 - 205 LBS

95 FLEX

65/69” WITH 4'' EXTENSION PLUG

SENIOR (14+)

5'9'' - 6'3''

190 - 220 LBS

102 FLEX

65/69” WITH 4'' EXTENSION PLUG

SENIOR (14+)

5'11'' +

210 LBS +

112 FLEX

65/69” WITH 4'' EXTENSION PLUG

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FLEX PROFILE COMPARISON This chart is a guide to showcase which competitive sticks line up with current Bauer families based purely on kick point.

LOW KICK POINT / BEND

MID KICK POINT / BEND

HIGH KICK POINT / BEND

HIGH MID

LOW

CCM RIBCORE

CCM RBZ SUPERFAST

WARRIOR QR

CCM TACKS WARRIOR DYNASTY

SHERWOOD REKKER EASTON V

EASTON SYNERGY

STX STALLION

STX SURGEON

SHERWOOD TRUE-TOUCH

TRUE

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KICKPOINT + BLADE OPTIMIZATION LOW KICK POINT + CRISP BLADE SHOOTING • A low kick point is enhanced with a crisp blade to maximize quick release shots by getting the puck off the blade quickly PASS RECEPTION • A low kick point works with a crisp blade to keep all of the energy absorption in the bottom third of the stick • Makes it easy to handle hard passes and quickly get the puck back off of the blade to make a play.

LOW KICK POINT CRISP BLADE

MID KICK POINT + RESPONSIVE BLADE SHOOTING • A mid kick point maximizes mid motion slap shots and mid motion snap shots. • It creates a large sweet spot in the shaft to load and release energy into the puck • A responsive blade is optimal as it will react to any type of shot in any type of situation. PASS RECEPTION • A mid kick point works with a responsive blade to absorb energy to where the player’s lower hand is positioned on the stick • Allows the stick to react to the player’s situation

MID KICK POINT

RESPONSIVE BLADE

HIGH KICK POINT + RESPONSIVE BLADE SHOOTING • A high kick point maximizes full motion slap shots and full motion snap shots. • It utilizes the entire stick to load and release energy into the puck • A responsive blade is optimal as it will work with the high kick point to hold the puck to the blade giving time for the energy to fully transfer to the puck before it is released.

HIGH KICK POINT

PASS RECEPTION • A high kick point works with a responsive blade to spread the energy upon impact to the entire stick • Allows the stick to re-load and transfer the energy back to the blade for a hard one-timer

RESPONSIVE BLADE

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OPTIMAL PLAYABILITY For the best playability, it is important that the blade and shaft are ‘tuned’ to work together. This will improve shooting, pass reception and stick handling. If the blade and shaft are not working cohesively, the stick will not perform to its maximum potential and will decrease playability This chart is meant to visualize the zone in which the best kick point + blade combination come together. For best playability, a stick needs to fall within this zone.

CRISP BLADE

OPTIMAL ZONE FOR BLADE FEEL AND KICK POINT COMBINATION TO MAXIMIZE PLAYABILITY

RESPONSIVE BLADE LOW KICK

MID KICK

HIGH KICK

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TROUBLESHOOTING Have you ever taken a shot, made a pass and wondered why the puck reacted the way it did? Solving or addressing such issues can be as simple in a tweak or change in your stick. At Bauer, we have identified a number of common issues that occur at all levels of play and have applied a few suggestions on how to address the issue and improve your game.

STICK HANDLING / PUCK FEEL DO YOU SOMETIMES LOSE THE PUCK WHEN STICK HANDLING CLOSE TO YOUR BODY? 1. Address the length of your stick (it could be either too long or too short based on your style of play) 2. You may require a stick pattern with a higher lie. This will make the stick more upright and allow you to bring the puck in closer to your body

DO YOU SOMETIMES LOSE THE PUCK WHEN STICK HANDLING AWAY FROM YOUR BODY? 1. Address the length of your stick (it could be either too long or too short). 2. You may require a stick pattern with a flatter lie allowing you to gain more control while the puck is farther away from your body.

PASSING THE PUCK BOUNCES / WOBBLES OFF MY BLADE ON HARD PASSES AND WHEN STICK HANDLING. There are 2 possible root causes: 1. Based on your style of play, there could be too much movement in the lower portion of the stick. Consider something with more stability in the lower shaft like nexus and supreme. 2. Blade stiffness – Bauer blade cores are optimized to work efficiently with the way the stick bends or flexes when shooting and passing. If you use a brand with a blade that is very stiff, this could be the possible root cause. Very stiff blades make receiving passes and stick handling more difficult for most players.

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SHOOTING DOES THE PUCK TEND TO GO WIDE WHEN YOU SHOOT? • If you utilize a “Low Kick” stick, you may want to consider something that is more of a mid to high mid kick like a Supreme or Nexus. • Another option if you prefer the performance of a low-kick stick would be altering your pattern to something with a bit less curve

DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE RAISING THE PUCK ON SOME SHOTS? Considering one of the following options should help… • Quick motion (a low kick stick with a fast recoil in the lower shaft should help) Consider Vapor • Deliberate or Heavy loading motion (the performance of a mid or mid-high kick) Nexus and Supreme should be considered with these mechanics

MY SHOTS LACK POWER… If you have already chosen the right Bauer family for you (Supreme; Nexus; Vapor), you may want to consider looking at the flex or stiffness of your stick of choice as a solution. Using a stick that is too stiff for you based on your weight to strength ratio, the stick is likely releasing or recoiling ahead of your hands. If this is the case, the result is likely a puck that “flutters” off the blade. Solution: drop a flex and the stick should “load” properly. Using a stick that is too soft for you based on your weight to strength ratio, the stick is likely not recoiling fast enough and your shots feel weak and slow. Solution: increase your stiffness and the stick should release in time with your hands for a hard, crisp shot.

DOES YOUR STICK LACK “POP”? If you have ever spoken these words, you likely prefer the performance of a more aggressive flex profile. What does that mean? It means you either prefer something that flexes most on the lower portion of the stick or above the mid-point of the stick. Refer back to the fitting tree and choose either a vapor or supreme stick based on your shot preference.

DOES THE STICK “RING” IN YOUR HANDS OR VIBRATE TOO MUCH? You could be using a stick that is too stiff for you. A softer flex will absorb the impact of the shot or pass more efficiently than one that is too stiff for you.

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS BALANCE Refers to the weight distribution of a stick. The higher the balance point is on the shaft of the stick, the better balance that is achieved. A lower balance point means the stick is blade heavy. This can be checked by balancing a stick on your finger.

COEFFICIENT OF RESTITUTION (COR) This is the ratio of outbound speed to inbound speed of a puck hitting your blade. Lower COR values indicate better energy absorption and improved playability when receiving hard passes or stickhandling.

ELASTECH TECHNOLOGY A proprietary resin system developed to improve stick durability and feel. Resin micro-cracks contribute to stick breakage and fatigue. Elastech uses dampening agents to add toughness and minimize the forming of micro-cracks, extending the ‘pop life’ of a stick. This ensures our sticks have maximum playability for as long as possible.

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ENERGY STORAGE When a stick is loaded during shooting, it stores energy like a spring and then discharges this energy as a shot is released. A stick with a high kick point / bend when shooting has the opportunity to increase energy storage.

CARBON FIBER A high strength, high stiffness, low weight fiber that is combined with a resin system to make hockey sticks. There are different levels of carbon fiber that vary in strength and weight. Bauer uses high strength carbon fiber to maximize the impact resistance of our sticks.

FIBERGLASS Heavier and less stiff than carbon, but provides good impact resistance and consumer value.

FLEX This refers to the stiffness of a stick and is typically measured using a 3 point bend test. The flex rating is equivalent to a pound-force measurement. The higher the flex, the stiffer the stick

FLEX PROFILE The relative stiffness of a shaft. An aggressive flex profile has larger changes in stiffness along the shaft creating specific flex zones and a more dynamic stick response. A constant flex profile has little-to-no change in stiffness along the length of the shaft and has a more traditional response as a result.

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KICK POINT A kick point is the specific flex zone that is created when shooting; it is the softest area of the stick and can be located lower in the shaft for a quicker release or higher up on the shaft for maximized energy storage.

HIGH

MID LOW

LIE Refers to the angle between the shaft and the blade. Higher lies position the puck closer to the body for stickhandling and players often skate in a more upright style. A lower lie positions the puck further from the body when stick handling and players generally skate in a more crouched position.

LINEAR BLADE STIFFNESS Determines how the blade will bend during dynamic shooting and passing situations. Optimal values will improve the stick’s ability respond to hard passes and shooting situations effectively.

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LOAD / LOADING Refers to the process of storing energy in the shaft while the shaft is bent prior to shooting. Easy loading occurs when a player is using either a lower flex or a kick point tuned to match their specific shooting style. This will create a feeling of increased output with lesser input.

MONOCOMP TECHNOLOGY This refers to a stick with a shaft and blade that have been designed and molded as a single part. These sticks offer improved balance, energy storage, and recoil as a result.

PUCK CONTACT TIME The amount of time a puck spends on the blade of a stick during shooting or passing. Longer contact times improve the energy transfer between the shaft and the puck.

PURE SHOT TECHNOLOGY Bauer’s unique throat design incorporating added material to improve the torsional stability of the blade and lower shaft compared to traditional designs.

EXPANDED THROAT

RELEASE The moment at which the puck leaves the blade. It is optimized when the stick has completely discharged all of its stored energy.

RELEASE VELOCITY The speed at which the puck leaves the stick – it is driven by how quickly the stick responds and transfers this energy to the puck.

RESIN The ‘glue’ that holds the fibers together and influences stick feel, impact resistance, and longevity.

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SENSE LAYER A highly toughened dampening layer used on the face of the blade to provide optimal puck feel and durability during passing and stickhandling.

SHAFT GEOMETRY • RD shaft has rounder corners and a combination of concave and convex edges to provide optimal feel for stick handlers who are moving their hands often. • SQ shaft has sharper corners and concave edges to allow for maximum grip during hard shots.

SHOOTING MECHANICS A player’s shooting style. QUICK MOTION A faster shooting motion focused on releasing the puck as soon as possible; characterized by releasing the puck near the front foot on wrist shots and quick wind-ups on slapshots. MID MOTION A shooting motion where the puck is placed in the middle of a player’s body while releasing their shot. FULL MOTION Generally a slower shooting motion focused on maximum stick loading and energy storage; characterized by hitting well behind the puck on a slapshot and maximum weight transfer during wrist shots.

STITCHED BLADE A Bauer patented process to mechanically link the blade core with the composite walls surrounding it – providing optimal blade durability and longevity. Without this technology, these materials are held together with only a chemical bond that can easily break down during use.

TAPER The lower third of a stick where the rectangular geometry of the shaft transitions into the blade. This plays an important role in how the stick will respond during shooting situations.

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TEXTREME The most innovative carbon fiber in hockey. Manages stress 20% better than traditional carbon fiber while weighing 20% less to optimize performance. Exclusive to Bauer Hockey.

TORSIONAL BLADE STIFFNESS Determines how the blade will twist during dynamic shooting and passing situations. If this value is too low, the blade could open up and affect accuracy and playability.

TWO PIECE A stick where the shaft and blade components of the stick are molded separately and glued together before graphics are applied.

WOVEN Refers to an interlocking arrangement of fibers, often applied to the exterior of a stick. This fiber layout manages the high bending loads and impacts found in the game of hockey due to its toughness and durability in multiple directions and its residual strength even when individual fibers may be broken.

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