Making wood hockey sticks in Minnesota again

TREE TO STICK PROCESS

 More than 175 years ago, the Mi'kmaq First Nations people of Nova Scotia carved the original hockey sticks from Eastern Hop Hornbeam, known as "Ironwood.” Today, Eastern Hop Hornbeam is not a commercially available lumber.  But through our unique partnership crafted with a 100+ year old Minnesota-based timber company, we have access to hand select the best Ironwood trees and logs with which we work.  Together, we source Ironwood from sustainably managed forests in Minnesota & Wisconsin. We also select small 2nd growth trees of the other species we use in our proprietary design such as birch, ash and sugar maple. We then dry and mill the hand selected trees specifically for our laminate construction.

MADE IN MINNESOTA AGAIN

Minnesota certainly has a rich history with wood hockey sticks.  From Northland to Christian, the best American stick companies have been from our great state, and we're excited to bring that tradition back.  Our stick equipment is the original Christian Bros. equipment. The machines had been moved from their original home in Warroad to Roseau, and now sit with us in Winona.  We are also proud to have the guidance of Rick Pomplun, who was the head of production for Christian for more than 25 years.

Inspiration

Bill Christian, 1966

We hope our sticks bring a sense of honor to the Christian family and greater Warroad community.

Queen's University Women's Team, 1917

Organized women's hockey in Canada dates back to the 1890s at the university level.

Rideau Hall Rebels, 1889

One of the first hockey teams in Canada, the team included the sons of Lord Stanley.

Lower Chester Park, Duluth, Minnesota

What can beat outdoor youth hockey?

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