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Choosing the right hockey stick to ensure you play your ultimate game is a must! Sticks may look alike but weight, length, curve, flex composition, even the way a stick is taped can make all the difference between a slapshot that leaves goalies trembling in their pads and muffins that any road hockey netminders could stop with ease.
Ultimate Hockey offers a full selection of the very best sticks available, including goalie sticks! CCM, Sher-wood, Warrior, Raven... we carry all the brand names. We even have a rink at our West Kelowna store where we test and review sticks. check out our Youtube channel for all our stick and other product reviews and demos.
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Selecting the right 'twig'
Okay, so let's begin at the beginning. If you're new to the game or maybe you're the parent of a young player and you're trying to figure out which stick to buy, let's be clear, colour and fancy designs aren't the best criteria to use!
Start off by selecting the right length of stick. The chart to the left offers a basic breakdown of stick lengths to player height ratios.
Aside from affecting stick handling performance, a stick too short or too long can affect everything from a player's skating to the strain on their back.
Next comes composition. Do you want a wood stick, graphite, aluminum (we're just kidding about aluminum)?
Stick composition impacts weight and stick performance but is also a personal preference choice. Some people like the feel of a wood stick while others prefer a composite stick. Price can also be a factor in choosing the right stick.
Once you've selected the type of stick you want, you need to consider the flex. Flex refers to the amount of pounds of pressure required to 'bend' the stick to give it the optimum flex for a shot.
A higher flex requires more pressure/weight to cause the stick to bend and vice versa.
Generally lower flex sticks are designed for younger and/or lighter players while higher flex sticks are for heavier players.
Sometimes though, players choose a flex for strategic reasons. NHL'er, Phil Kessel, fore example, likes a very low, 65 flex stick whereas Shea Weber's 130 flex 'crowbar' hardly flexes at all! The Pro Flex chart to the left offers a simple guide to follow which might be a helpful starting point in selecting the right flex for your game.
Now you've got the right length of stick, the composition you want, and the perfect flex for you game... next comes blade curve.
Way back in time, in the days of the 'original six', blade curves didn't exist. All sticks had flat blades and the 'snap' a player put on a shot was completely credited to his or her technique.
If Blackhawks legend, Stan Mikita hadn't accidentally caught his blade in the boards and bent it, we'd probably still all be playing with flat blades.
But what Mikita (and the rest of hockey nation) quickly discovered was that a curved blade = a wicked shot!
In the 6 decades since Stan Mikita inadvertently 'invented' the curved blade, manufacturers have played around with curves and today there are almost as many curve styles as players who use them. Check out to the left, the various curves CCM / Reebok offer!
In the end, a great player will be a great player no matter what stick he or she uses. But selecting the 'right' stick can certainly make it easier to maximize your performance on the ice!