The TRUE Catalyst 9X YTH Hockey Stick is a new stick size for True and comes with a smaller shaft dimension and 2” shorter length than the Catalyst 9X junior that also comes in a 20 flex.
Stick Flex Profile
The Catalyst 9X youth stick features a mid-zone flex that loads easily for young players. A stiff taper zone maximizes shooting and passing accuracy.
The True Catalyst 9X is constructed with Precision Laminate Design (PLD) which debuted on the Project X stick. PLD is the optimization of fiber angles to provide stiffness and impact strength with each layer of material. In technical terms – there are fewer 0-degree plies used and more off-axis plies (15-45 degrees) to achieve stiffness while adding impact strength. In plain English – PLD allows weight reduction without a loss in impact strength.
True’s Axenic Technology returns. This seamless compression-molded shaft construction process gives an incredible feel for the puck which youth players notice instantly when stickhandling.
Blade Construction & Stiffness
In order to achieve their goal of balancing improved feel with reduced weight, True removed the XCORE insert previously found in the XC9 stick and replaced the blade’s core with their new BAT Technology. BAT builds off of True’s BRT+ Technology but uses Aramid fiber (better known as Kevlar) instead of carbon. Aramid is lighter and dampens vibrations more efficiently than carbon for a better puck feel.
PASS is a new foam core technology that looks and performs exactly like a foam core but has a much higher strength property. Boasting a 50% higher compression strength for repeated impacts and 25% higher shear strength to resist foam breakdown over time.
The 9X blade comes with a matte finish similar to what has been featured on previous True sticks.
The Catalyst stick line moves away from True’s traditional blue graphics in exchange for the use of bright yellow accents with a chrome Catalyst logo. This youthful graphic direction for the brand now clearly separates it from their AX series.
The TRUE Catalyst 9X Youth Hockey Stick features a soft gloss grip shaft.
Blade Patterns, Flex & Stick Length
Flexes - 20
Blade patterns - TC2.5
Stick length - 46”