A stick has been described as a hockey player’s best buddy, and the aim of this blog is to help you choose your new friend and how to keep him in top condition. Second possibly only to skates, the hockey stick is the most important part of your equipment and the most personal. It is highly that as a player you are one with you stick and are happy with shooting, passing, checking and the overall handling it affords you.
When you first go out and buy your stick, take your time over the decision. The height, weight and lie are all crucial and depend on your body. You also have to bear in mind how flexible the stick is and what amount of curve suits your style of play best.
Types of Sticks
As you would expect there are a wide range of sticks on the market, some are really expensive. Hockey sticks can be made from: wood, titanium, Kevlar, aluminum, and graphite. Sticks can also come in one or two pieces, the latter for the flexibility of changing blades.
The oldest and still probably the most flexible are wooden sticks, they offer the most reasonable price and are the easiest to make modifications on. Such as changing the blade or shortening the shaft. The downside of this type of stick is that is prone to warping as it gets older, and they tend to be on the heavy side.
The most popular sticks on the market are composite one, nearly every pro will use such a stick as this. Some as we said are made in two pieces which allows the player to swap blades if so desired. These types of sticks are far more flexible than their wooden equivalents, most players prefer a one-piece stick, but if it does brake then you have to buy a completely new one. Composite sticks are great for hitting the puck with force and hard.
The optimum size of your stick really depends on how tall you are, the optimum length is just resting on the chin, but is purely personal taste. If your stick is too long or short you will find it difficult to handle, there are two standard sizes namely senior and junior. Senior sticks are from 56 inches up to 63, with junior ones starting at 46 inches and go up to 54. The position you play may influence the length you opt for. Defensive players seem to favor longer sticks as they have more reach for poke checks. Longer sticks are also better for slapshots.
Most sticks are around 450 grams in weight and anything under this is considered light. Defensemen in keeping with their longer sticks prefer heavier ones also, this is better for checking. Whereas forwards maintain that a lighter stick is easier to handle so they find these sorts of sticks better for shooting and passing. It must be said that a hockey player’s stick is a most personal, selecting one is like choosing Harry Potter’s wand, it mostly depends on the wizard!