Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 10/30/11 at 08:00 PM ET
[Please welcome high school hockey coach Dennis Boomer, who kindly tested the Easton Stealth RS and provided his thoughts on the stick for Kukla’s Korner readers.]
As soon as I picked up the stick I noticed how light it was. I prefer a heavy stick, but as I used the Easton Stealth RS, the light weight didn’t bother me as much. Also the shaft has a tacky finish to allow for a better grip, which helps in stick handling and doesn’t interfere with play like other tackified sticks.
But shooting the puck is where the Easton Stealth RS separates itself from other sticks. The wrist shots and snapshots are greatly improved because of the tapering of the shaft. The puck really jumps off the stick blade with far less effort than some of the older sticks.
Slapshots, however, I didn’t notice much of a difference but believe that with time I will see improvement, as I learn how the tapered shaft works with a slapshot.
Receiving passes was a little hard at first, because the stick is so responsive; you can’t just lay your stick blade out there and expect it to receive the pass because the puck will bounce right off. You really have to learn how to cup the pass when receiving it. Also, the weight of the puck feels heavier during stick handling, but within a few hours on the ice, I didn’t notice it as much. Accuracy was improved because the blade lets you put the puck where you want. (In my case, the center of the goalie’s stomach.)
In summation, it dawned on me that the problems I had with the stick were based on the fact that technology has taken over from what was once a simple piece of wood in my hands, to design a stick that is now made for the player’s benefit. The addition of newer material, and in this case, TORX™ technology, are the reasons that older wooden sticks are out of date.
I may never go back to using the old piece of lumber again. The Easton Stealth RS grows on me every day.
—Dennis Boomer is currently the Head Coach at New Boston Huron HS, and has coached youth hockey at various levels for more than 20 years. He resides in Michigan.
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