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Hockey sticks are a critical piece of your equipment and having the right tool for the job can make all the difference in the world. Hockey Stick Expert is here to help find the best ice hockey sticks or roller hockey sticks for you and take your game to the next level. Topics we hope to cover include terms (like hockey stick flex, hockey stick length, hockey stick lie) and how-tos (Right vs. Left handed Hockey Sticks, taping a hockey stick, cutting a hockey stick to length) and more.
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- Street Hockey Sticks
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- Composite Hockey Sticks
- Easton Hockey Sticks
- CCM and Mission
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- Field Hockey Sticks
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TSN writer Wayne Karl wrote a GREAT article about the state of the composite hockey stick in the NHL today and where it has come from over the last 10 years. It is not often that you get a top professional writing and entire article about ice hockey sticks so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Highlights from “The One-Piece Composite Stick” article include…
Ten years later, the one-piece composite hockey stick is anything but outlawed – it has been embraced as the weapon of choice by almost all NHL players, and is one of the most significant success stories in the hockey business in decades.
“It gives a better release, a harder shot, better everything,” Gomez said in The Hockey News 2001-02 Yearbook. “What else can you ask for?
NHL players were soon asking for it in a hurry, once they could see the 460-gram stick could help them shoot quicker, harder and more accurately. No more fussing with inserting a wood or graphite blade into a composite or aluminum shaft, or fumbling with heavier wood sticks. The Synergy gave them light weight, power, quickness and consistency, every time.
Even Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza, one of the last wood stick holdouts, as late as to the beginning of the 2009-10 season, has seen the light.
“I’m pretty set with what I’ve got right now (a Reebok one-piece),” he says. “I feel really comfortable with my stick, so I think I’m pretty much done with wood. I was one of the few remaining guys. Nobody really wants to make wood sticks any more because there’s no market for them. Everyone’s buying one-pieces.”
The article also cites stats about how the average goals per game has remained a pretty consistent 5.6 in the just before and since era of the one-piece composite sticks.
There is a ton more great info in the original article. You can read it in its entirety here.
With better performance, dropping prices and a focus on improving durability from the manufacturers, how long will you still be able to buy wood hockey sticks?
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Have you ever thought about collecting hockey cards but want to know if they are valuable before you invest in them? There are a lot of sports where cards are sold for thousands of dollars to collectors who see the value in them. There are also ways that you will be able to determine how much a particular card is worth. It is a great decision to find out if these cards will be worth your time to collect or not, so make sure to find out everything that you can about them right here.
One thing that you have probably noticed while you were looking at the different cards is that there are several different types of cards. Different companies produce cards and there are some card companies who produce cards that are more valuable than others. One type of cards that you might see is McDonalds hockey cards. These are ones that you can buy from the McDonalds restaurant; however, these cards are actually made by Upper Deck. You might find that most of these cards are small in value compared with other types.
When you look up the value of Upper Deck hockey cards you will notice that there is a big difference in the price when they do not have the McDonalds logo attached to them. There are a lot of Upper Deck cards that are worth a good bit of money depending on who the player is and how rare the card is. It also depends on the condition that the card is in when you try to sell it. Upper Deck makes a lot of sports cards and is well known by anyone who collects sports cards. If you want to get the most value then you have to have the right players and the right time period when you are trying to sell cards to collectors.
One of the most well-known and valuable cards you will find is Wayne Gretzky hockey cards. These are the ones that everyone is after, and if you have one of the rare ones it could really fetch a lot of money for you. Anyone who watches the game of hockey and keeps up with the sport knows who Wayne Gretzky is and collectors are always trying to find valuable merchandise featuring Gretzky that they can collect.
Another type of cards that you will be able to sell for a lot of money is vintage hockey cards from a couple of decades ago. The older the cards the better when it comes to selling them. However, you have to keep in mind that just because a card is old does not mean that it is worth a lot of money. There are a few other factors that you have to keep in mind while you are collecting and selling cards of hockey players.
Hockey cards can be very valuable if you have all of the right things. You need to have players that are well known, cards that are aged, and ones that are made by a well-known card company. If you have all of these things you will have all you need to be able to make some good money selling cards of different players.
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Across the AP wire on the even of the Penguin’s opening game of the 2009-2010 comes this article about Sidney Crosby sticking with the composite stick that he has been practicing with during the off-season and pre-season. He still has a stock pile of wooden hockey sticks in case this experiment doesn’t work out, but he looks pretty committed to going 100% composite.
Your can read the full article here (NOTE: Original link is no longer active).
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The Penguin’s Sidney Crosby is trying out a new composite stick. He has been using a two piece hockey stick with a wood blade. The new hockey stick that he is trying out is a one piece composite hockey stick. The article states that wooden hockey stick shafts and blades are very rare in the NHL theses days as players look to gain more velocity with the new composite materials.
The full story is available at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette here.« go back — keep looking »