STX is a new Brand for Total Hockey this season and we felt it was good to let you know a little about their background and where they have come from and to show that they are just just a new POP-UP Brand and that they are a well established company with roots in sport and we are delighted to have them on board.
A Brief History!
In1951, Richard B.C. Tucker graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore after having playing for the school’s esteemed lacrosse program. Soon after, he joined the family company, Wm. T. Burnett, one of the largest domestic industrial materials companies in the US. Mr. Tucker and some of his colleagues, also fellow former collegiate lacrosse players, combined their passion for growing participation in the sport with their access to some of the most modern chemical compounds of the time to develop the world’s first synthetic lacrosse head.
The aim all along was to provide as many children as possible with the opportunity to at least try the sport, while at the same time improve overall product performance and quality for the very best players. Until this point, all sticks were made by hand from wood, were very expensive, in limited supply and subject to vast inconsistency due to the very nature of wood. In 1970, STX received the patent for the synthetic lacrosse head and released its product immediately.The impact was revolutionary, and by 1971 every goal that was scored in the very first NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship was done so with an STX stick.
Moving forward, STX would introduce numerous patented performance enhancing innovations, not only in the sport of lacrosse, but also golf, and in 1993,field hockey. STX has become the leading field hockey brand in the United States over the last 20 years and continues to grow its influence at home while just recently delivering new levels of performance for the world’s best international players.
All of STX’s product introductions are driven by an advanced level of Research& Development that is unmatched within STX’s competitive set. Rooted firmly in its secretive product development center in Baltimore, and its connection to the industrial material expertise of its parent company, STX’s focus on the player is fueled by an overly disproportionate investment in the science of hard goods performance.
Everything from material to design considerations on shape and structure have propelled STX to a leadership position in lacrosse and earned the company recognition for its advances in all categories, including field hockey.
STX has forged relationships with several of the UK’s top young emerging stars,including Sam Ward and Shona McCallin.
Here’s a great story on STX that ran in the last year in Smart CEO magazine here in the US.