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Knock On Wood

from the St. Petersburg Times,
According to manufacturer CCM, Modin is one of 42 players, not including goaltenders, using all-wood sticks. That means of 540 skaters eligible to play on a given night (18 on each of 30 teams), just 7.8 percent use wood. Some use wood blades on the end of composite sticks. The rest use one-piece models made of materials such as Kevlar, graphite, fiberglass, carbon fiber and rubber resin. They are lighter and manufactured more consistently because they are made with molds. It also is believed they produce a more accurate shot because their rigid blades reduce the variables inherent in more-flexible wood. And they're colorful. Lightning players have used sticks that are red, blue, orange and yellow. One model appears to reflect different colors off a shiny metallic shaft.

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