Site Information

Never buy retail again Learn Why
 Loading... Please wait...

Pro Stock Hockey Blog

Stick Insight: Ryan Dzingel

Posted by AJ Lee on

Ryan Dzingel has always been good with the stick.

Of course, growing up outside Chicago, the stick was frequently a baseball bat. And Dzingel, the son of a father who played collegiately at Louisiana Tech, was an all-state shortstop for Wheaton Academy.

But then, Dzingel had also been playing hockey since he was 5 years old, and nobody was certain which was his favorite.

At that time, Dzingel’s father, Rick, told Chicago-area newspaper Daily Herald in 2016, “I think if you were in a room with him and I, he would say baseball. And if I left the room, he would say hockey.”

Hockey won. Drafted in the seventh round by Ottawa in 2011, Dzingel first played three seasons for Ohio State and another with the Senators’ AHL affiliate. He finally broke into the NHL in December 2015 and stuck for good in February 2016.

Throughout his NHL career, he’s used CCM sticks. Currently, he’s using the Jetspeed stick.

Smart Choice

Nearing the midpoint of his third full NHL season, Dzingel has proven to be a solid contributor. He scored 32 points in 2016-17, bumped to 41 on the strength of 23 goals in 2017-18 and is on pace for a 60-point season through 30 games this year.

Last season, Dzingel was offered a chance to play for Team USA in the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Ultimately, a family issue prevented the opportunity from coming to fruition, and Dzingel opted instead to devote part of his offseason playing in the Chicago Pro Hockey League’s inaugural season.

There, he scored four goals and added five assists in eight games. More than 70 NHL and AHL players — not to mention Kendall Coyne of the gold-medal winning women’s Team USA squad — took part in the league, which offers pro and elite-level hockey players a way to extend their season, gives fans a more intimate, less-expensive experience and raises money for various charities.

Perhaps the scoring uptick this season is a byproduct of the confidence Dzingel gained from learning he was on Team USA’s radar, or from his Chicago summer experience. But the CCM Jetspeed has been a stick embraced by many players as an upgrade.

Not the Only One

Dzingel has had other CCM sticks in his arsenal, including the Ribcor Trigger ASY and RBZ Revolution. Since its debut in early 2018, the Jetspeed stick has quickly gained popularity, becoming one of the three most-used sticks in the NHL, according to statistics compiled by

In the current NHL season, 11.4 percent of the rostered players are using the CCM Jetspeed, which ranks behind only the Bauer Vapor 1X Lite (12.1 percent) and the Warrior Alpha QX (12.0).

Players such as veteran Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, Columbus star winger Cam Atkinson and five-time NHL All-Star center John Tavares also wield the Jetspeed.

Clearly, Dzingel appreciates the ability to snap off quick shots with relative ease. Not only are low flex points indicative of such tendencies, but he has a history of using sticks with flex ratings lower than one would expect for a 190-pound player. The rule of thumb is a flex rating of roughly half a player’s weight, so Dzingel should use something in the neighborhood of 95 flex — but his game-used sticks that have shown up on secondary markets are 80 flex.

The Ribcor is a low-kick stick, meaning it flexes near the blade. The RBZ line was the predecessor to the Jetspeed stick and featured a variable kick point — meaning flex is dependent on hand placement.

The CCM Jetspeed was developed to refine that technology to better fit with today’s high-speed game. According to CCM, its hybrid kick point creates a power hinge effect that allows players to more fully load the shaft without torque. A new shape increases comfort and control while the Jetstream blade — carrying over a lightweight, multi-channel design from the RBZ — adds a dampening layer on the face to increase feel. Clearly, it feels right to Dzingel.

Have any ideas for the blog? Topics you would like to see covered? Contact us and let us know!

Recent Posts

Hockey Stick Handedness

While World Is Right, Hockey Leans Left Ninety percent of the world is right-handed. Yet, in the NHL, more than 60 percent of the players have a left-handed shot — i.e., with their right hand on the top of the stick’s grip and the toe of the blade curving to the right as you look down on it. Manufacturers generally sell [...]

Read More »

Remain Flexible When Considering Hockey Stick Flex

The moment anyone starts talking about hockey stick flex, Zdeno Chara’s name comes up. The 6-foot-9 Boston Bruins defenseman is known for having the stiffest stick in the NHL, typically playing with a 150 or 155-flex stick in a league where anything in three digits is considered stiff. But there may be an evolution underway for Zdeno Chara, a 250-pound behemoth who in [...]

Read More »

How Tall Should A Hockey Stick Be?

It’s important to know the proper hockey stick length. Playing with an improperly sized stick can slow players’ development, make their shooting less accurate and powerful, and even throw off their skating. How Long Is a Hockey Stick? That’s a question with many answers. The proper hockey stick length varies depending on the size, strength and playing characteristics of the player, [...]

Read More »

Should You Grab a Hockey Stick Grip?

Almost forever — OK, since the early 1900s — hockey players have been applying tape to their sticks. While the blade gets most of the attention, for reasons of both protection and performance, the butt end of the stick requires equally careful taping to enhance a player’s ability to hold onto the most important piece of hockey gear north of his skates. Or [...]

Read More »

How To Tape A Hockey Stick Toe Like A Pro

Most hockey players take their tape jobs seriously. David Pastrnak, not so much. The Bruins forward has blamed his drunken candy cane swirl of a tape job on penny-pinching ways born from his Czech upbringing. And he celebrated the Islanders’ signing of his friend, ex-Russian leaguer and fellow Czech Jan Kovar, by declaring on Twitter, "... finally won’t have the [...]

Read More »

Best Hockey Sticks: 2017-2018 Season

Confession time: “Best,” as used in the above headline, is a misnomer. Face it: Most of the time, “best” is subjective at, um, best. And when it comes to hockey sticks, we’re not going to gauge personal opinions or count sales. Our list is ranked by usage among active NHL players in the 2017-18 regular season. Without further ado, here’s our [...]

Read More »

Top Hockey Equipment Brands

Thousands of places across cyberspace will sell you a hockey stick, skates, or a helmet. GearGeek will simply tell you what you really need to know about that equipment — and gloves, and pants. What do the NHL players use? Essentially, each and every one of them. Updated daily and sliced just about any way you could imagine — by gear [...]

Read More »

Best Hockey Sticks: 2016-17 Season

Let’s just get this out of the way first: The rankings in our list below are determined by their usage among active players in the NHL through the end of the 2016-17 regular season. This is not based off of any sales figures or personal opinions. Let's get to it. #10. Easton Synergy GX – 16 active NHL players Performance Sports Group, [...]

Read More »

Pro Stick Insight: Joe Pavelski

Player: Joe Pavelski Team: San Jose Sharks Position: Center Height: 5 ft 11 in Weight: 190 lbs Stick Specs: Shoots: Right Stick: Warrior Covert QR1 (White Graphic) Flex: 80-85 Curve: Heel Lie: 5 Grip: Yes Height: 60” In recent years, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski has developed into one of the most proficient goal scorers in the NHL. While playing on a line with Joe Thornton admittedly has been a key to [...]

Read More »