New for the 2019/2020 season is True Hockey’s XC9 ACF Senior Hockey Stick. True looked to build upon their widely popular XC9 model by vastly improving the blade and flex profile for this current iteration, making it their most advanced stick to date. In addition to key upgrades, the key characteristics remain the same; unmatched Accuracy, unparalleled Control, and ultimate Feel.
The colorway of the 2019 XC9 ACF Hockey Stick is a familiar one, True’s blue and silver colors. The True logo is located at the top third of the shaft in a black font encapsulated by a stylish blue and silver colorway. Moving down to the middle of the shaft we see a predominantly white and black color scheme, followed up by a white colorway with the bold, black True logo overtop, at the bottom third of the shaft.
For the construction of the new True XC9 ACF Hockey Stick, True utilized their Axenic technology. This is a build process that created a true one-piece hockey stick resulting in superior control and feel of the puck. This construction process goes hand in hand with their SmartPly Technology. This technology is a laminate design that is used with up to 25 inner layers of unidirectional carbon fiber; the way the fibers are angled, and the order of those angles are what control torsional stiffness and protect from impact damage while maximizing performance and durability. This entire package results in a stick that is very low weight (425 grams), well-balanced, and features industry-leading impact strength.
True’s SmartFlex has been redesigned for this iteration. While the 2019 XC9 ACF Senior Hockey Stick is still a mid-kick stick, it can be effectively utilized by players of all shot types. The top of the shaft is softer to allow the player to add leverage on wrist shots and increased feel. The shaft progressively gets stiffer as you move down towards the blade, meaning you get a more powerful shot from any shooting position.