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The Good Old Hockey Stick

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

This is a wooden Doug Jarvis hockey stick, leaning against a Bell Sports Complex wall in Brossard during the Canadiens’ semi-annual used equipment sale. It is remarkable for its simplicity, at least relative to the dozens of modern composite sticks whose company it is keeping….

Maybe, like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, it just needs a little love. So I take it home for $19.95 and $2.57 more in tax, and then call Doug Jarvis at his home near Kingston, Ont., to discuss this Sher-Wood’s history.

“In junior, everybody used the same stick - a Sher-Wood,” he recalls of his days with the Ontario league’s Peterborough Petes. “They told you: ‘If you want to try something different, you have to pay the difference at the local sports store.’ “

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The Most Popular Name On Ice

from John Branch of the New York Times,

At least one well-known American vehicle manufacturer is rolling out vehicles as usual. But before a Zamboni can take the ice, it hits the pavement on Colorado Avenue.

The neighbors are used to it by now, seeing one of the blocky ice-resurfacing machines rumble out of the low-slung Zamboni factory and trudge down the block — top speed: 9 miles per hour — toward the corner KFC. It whirls and comes back, is checked for leaks and fitted with studded tires.

Then the Zamboni is sent someplace like Dubai or Prague or Milwaukee. A handwritten tag on a string near the ignition tells where. Zamboni may be the most famous name on ice, a pop-culture icon more recognized than any of the four remaining National Hockey League playoff teams, with a moniker more familiar than Crosby or Ovechkin, probably even Gretzky or Lord Stanley, whose trophy goes to the N.H.L. champion.

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Playing On Your Knees

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Aided by vast improvements in equipment designed for safety and ease of movement that blocks much of the 24-square-foot net, N.H.L. goalies are recording the highest save percentage of any post-season in recent history.

“If you’re a boy learning how to play goal today, you’re taught to shuffle around on your knees,” Resch said. “And why not — you can cover everything along the ice that way. Goalies now are really good at flashing their glove hand up to catch high shots, but that’s because they’ve been learning and practicing on their knees their whole careers.”

Today’s gang of kneeling goaltenders is a far cry from a generation ago. The position has evolved drastically. “Imagine if baseball pitchers today threw underhand — that’s how different goaltending has become over a relatively short period of time,” Resch said.

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PK Sticks

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

So I’m watching the Caps and Pens tonight, and I see Pittsburgh score the first goal of the game on a power play, an effort aided by the fact Washington penalty killer Brooks Laich had his stick broken by a shot just before the goal was scored by Sidney Crosby. Nothing looks more awkward than a fellow trying to kill a penalty with no stick….

But, I says to myself, a penalty killer doesn’t necessarily need the benefits these fancy new carbon fibre/plutonium/kryptonite weapons give your everyday player when he’s trying to score or shoot.

He just needs to kill the penalty.

So why not wood? Why wouldn’t guys on the PK use wooden sticks, far less likely to be broken, and then switch back to the uranium models they usually use for 5-on-5 play or power play duty?

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Composite Testing

from Matt McKay of The Varsity,

A revolutionary new ice hockey stick test machine looks primed and ready to shoot down its competition.

It just needs to be built.

Unsatisfied with the current principal method used to test stick durability, University of Waterloo engineering prof John McPhee set out to design a new system.

Primarily, he wanted to build a machine that would help improve the reliability of one-piece composite hockey sticks.

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The Fred Marsh Invention

from DarrenM of Silver Seven,

In 1987, Marsh brought his flexible goal pegs, made out of a mixture of rubber and plastic, to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Ed Chynowth, then president of the Western Hockey League, became a big supporter of Marsh Pegs, and helped draw the NHL’s attention to the invention.

Finally, in July of 1991, the NHL made the Marsh Peg system the standard in every arena. Marsh joked that at 56, he was the oldest rookie in the NHL that year.

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A Look At Hockey Sticks

from Todd Smith at MinnesotaWild.com,

“Hockey sticks are the tools of their trade,” said Minnesota Wild Assistant Equipment Manager Matt Benz, standing in an auxiliary room that houses the Wild’s hockey stick workshop deep inside the bowels of the Xcel Energy Center.  The room was filled with a wide assortment of tools: saws, blow torches, heat guns, files, spray cans, vices, sanders, and endless rolls of tape.  “Each player’s stick is unique.  The knobs, blades, and tape job are all specific to the player.”

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‘Sticky’ Budget

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The odds that the hockey world would ever go back to wood sticks are probably on a par with goalies everywhere going back to pads stuffed with horsehair.

But it sure gets frustrating, night after night, to see NHL ice surfaces littered with shattered pricy carbon shafts, which seem to have a way of vaporizing just as a point man puts the hammer down on a 40-foot slapper. Imagine the pain felt by parents who shell out $100, $200, or more for a stick, only to take home two halves to stake tomato plants in summer gardens.

“It’s a big point of contention among GMs throughout the league, I’ll tell you that,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “The stick budget for every team keeps going up.”

According to Chiarelli, the Bruins spend some $400,000 per annum on the lightweight sticks.

more plus other hockey notes including who the Bruins may be targeting at the trade deadline…

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Goalie Mask Talk

from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,

“Back in the 1980’s, I was in awe of these masks,” Toronto artist Dave Arrigo told NHL.com. “I remember Grant Fuhr’s mask and Bunny Larocque’s. To me, that was still great art back then. It was the style of the time and, even today, they remain classics.”...

As decades passed, however, it seems goalies became a little more self conscious about what they were putting over their face. Sure, protection and comfort were first and foremost, but great artwork also offered a strong personal statement and inner connection.

“The goalie mask is a billboard to that player’s soul,” Arrigo said “It can be anything from a favorite video game to music legend.”

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The Making Of A Hockey Puck

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