XXX-Lite Mystery?

How can a stick that was discontinued 4+ years ago suddenly emerge across a nationwide sporting goods chain?

I dropped by a local Sportchek and came across some Nike Bauer XXX-Lite one piece composite sticks.  Sportcheks will occasionally have discontinued models from previous seasons just buried deep in their stick sections but my gut instinct is these aren’t very old at all.

The P02 Kronwall Pattern; I’m certain at the time of the XXX-Lite’s release the P02 curve was still known as “Pronger” or “Samsonov” (yes, the 1998 Rookie of The Year.)

However the carbon weaves on the blade do look similar to the original XXX-Lite but it was difficult trying to feel if it as the security tag really compromises any balance the stick has.  I had an original XXX-Lite Ryan Kesler pro stock and was wondering if these would feel the same (at a bargain of $99 especially!)  Off-topic rant here but I don’t see why they’d need to put these tags on a hockey stick to begin with.  I’ve worked in retail before and I’m sure a hockey stick would be one of the more difficult items to conceal and shoplift.

These sticks cannot be leftover stock from many seasons ago as there are reports of them popping up at Sportcheks across Canada and they were even advertised on the back page of Sportchek’s flyer last week.  There is no logical explanation that a hoard of XXX-Lites could still be kicking around after almost half a decade unless they are being manufactured as a SMU for Sportchek or as some other people are speculating, but rather unlikely, a repaint of another stick.

– M

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One Response to “XXX-Lite Mystery?”

  1. NEED TO BUY ONE OF THESE

    email me if someone knows where a RH one between 85-110 flex is!

    thomaskrulikowski@gmail.com

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