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A Stick For The Kids

from Bryan Weismiller of MetroNews,

Like many youngsters who outgrow their youth-sized lumber, Jack was equipped with a mid-priced junior stick that had seven inches lobbed off the top of it.

Modifying the stick made the shaft too firm for even some NHL stars.

“His 55 flex turned into an 85 flex,” Reily said. “Alex Ovechkin is 225 pounds, built like a Neanderthal, and he had a more flexible stick than my son at seven years old.

“That was the problem.”

After developing some more bendable prototypes, Reily and a neighbour teamed up with sports researchers at the University of Calgary. It lead to what’s billed as a first-of-its-kind research project using players aged five to eight years old.

That’s also where the duo discovered a third partner for their venture.

The group eventually came up with a 20-flex junior stick, which falls in line with the general rule that hockey stick flex should be roughly half of the skater’s body weight.

Reily stressed the importance of buying proper equipment, saying the stiff sticks of today are encouraging kids to develop bad habits.

“They’re putting their sticks on the puck and twisting their body to flick it,” he said.

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It’s amazing that countless hundreds and hundreds of amazing hockey players leaned how to play without this technology!!

Posted by Garth on 06/15/14 at 06:08 PM ET

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It’s amazing that countless hundreds and hundreds of amazing hockey players leaned how to play without this technology!!

Posted by Garth on 06/15/14 at 06:08 PM ET

Haha, I was thinking the exact same thing. I also think it’s funny how blade curvature is still heavily controlled but the shaft of the stick bends by almost a foot on heavy shots. Not precisely the same effect in terms of aerodynamics, particularly on snap shots, but not that far off.

I remember when Titan sticks started replacing Sherwoods etc… It felt like we were cheating almost, they were so much lighter and had those sweet curves. Never mind the heavily curved, heat-molded plastic blades we’d put on vintage sticks for street hockey.

Kids these days.

 

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/15/14 at 07:05 PM ET

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