Grays GX CE Junior hockey stick review

When I first saw a Grays GX CE Junior hockey stick, what stood out was the awesome bow in the shaft of the stick. The specification reads (and I’m sure it’s right) that the Grays GXCE Junior stick has a subtle 22mm curve, high up in the stick.

Seeing it in the hands of a 9 year old though, the curve looks very professional and you can definitely tell it is there.

We think it’s really important for kids to get used to hockey sticks with bows as early as possible. This Grays GX CE Junior hockey stick is a great way of doing that, even for the smallest children.

If you’ve never bought Grays before, what can you expect from the GX CE

I’ll be surprised if you are a parent buying for your kid and haven’t played with a Grays stick before. If you are an older Junior considering Grays for the first time, here’s a little of what you can expect from the Junior GX CE model.

Strong, solid, sturdy are 3 words that really describe Grays sticks right across the board, and the Junior GX CE lives up to stand expectations.

To be honest, when I got hold of this Junior Grays GX CE hockey stick I thought it might be a little too heavy for an 7 year old. It’s not so much that the Grays GX CE Junior stick is heavy, just healthy.

Obviously as a Junior hockey stick it’s not a huge carbon content stick but the Grays GX CE makes up for the power loss of fibre glass with a very solid construction. 6 months in I’ve noticed it has certainly improved the power of passing from some of the kids who have them in my group.

What ages kids can have the Grays GX CE Junior stick?

Benefiting from being a big hockey brand, Grays are able to offer the GX CE Junior hockey stick in 1 inch size increments from 28inches up. Which is awesome really, it gives children hockey players the option to get exactly the right size hockey stick.

Because of the range of sizes you can buy the Grays GX CE Junior hockey stick, kids from 6 years old, right through to teenagers could play with the Grays GXCE Junior hockey stick.

Definitely consider the Junior GX CE hockey stick for kids of 7, 8, 9 & 10. Dependent on how much experience the kids have (and their height of course), it would be worth considering higher carbon fibre hockey sticks for Juniors in U12’s and up.

Summary review of the Grays GX CE Junior hockey stick

For me I would say the Grays GX CE Junior hockey stick is one of the best buys for kids in U10. The bow is perfect, enough for them to notice it and adjust their game to playing with a curve, subtle enough not to totally distract them.

For older kids, the Grays Junior GX CE is a great option for newer players, those who defend more often than attack and for kids who go through 2 sticks a season (it’s pretty good value at under £50).

The designs are super cool looking and you get a lot of stick for your money.

Junior Grays GX2000 hockey stick review

There is a ‘girls’ and a ‘boys’ version of the Grays GX2000 junior hockey stick and while I review the pink/purple version (because that’s what my youngest daughter has), I’ve checked it closely against the blue Grays GX2000 and it’s exactly the same.

I wanted to get my youngest daughter a stick with a decent bow when she moved in to the U8’s (she was 7 years old at the time) and during the review of a few sticks around I found the Grays GX2000 Junior hockey stick.

As a bit of a lowbow freak myself I wasn’t particularly excited to review the Grays GX2000 junior stick only had a shallow 22mm curve, high up in the shaft. However, as you might review yourself, for the real small kids there is no real option for really low curves, so the pink/purple colour swung it for her.

What is the Ultrabow shape like on Junior Grays hockey sticks?

As I mention earlier in the review the Grays Junior GX 2000 hockey stick has the Ultrabow shape shaft, which looking at specification alone doesn’t compare to some of the extreme bow shapes we see in adult sticks.

However for younger kids this is actually a great introduction to playing with a shaft bow on their hockey stick.

It is not a subtle as the specs suggest and when the kids are holding it, especially when they are trying to scoop up the ball, it really does seem quite significant. Without being awkward. I’ve noticed an improvement in my 7 years olds ability to lift the ball.

Is the Grays GX2000 kids hockey stick heavy?

In my experience, Grays adult hockey sticks do seem a bit heavy. While the GX2000 junior stick is all fibreglass it is not heavy. I must admit though we had a Osaka junior hockey stick previously and that was lighter, however the Grays GX2000 is certainly manageable.

Of course the benefit of any ‘more sturdy’ children’s hockey stick is that they can increase the power of their hits. Less swing and more power is helping kids with their passing and shooting ability.

Also worth mentioning in this section of the review is that the Grays GX2000 junior hockey stick feels like it will last. Yet another hand-me-down for the younger sister. It’s build well and feels like my 7 year old will outgrow it before she breaks it!

Summary review of the Grays GX2000 kids hockey stick

This is a really good kids hockey stick. It’s such a good price it really has value for a good season or two. The curve from the Ultrabow shaft shape is a fantastic start on kids getting used to a bow stick and its sturdy construction definitely helps harder hitting.