Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/26/05 at 10:45 AM ET
In hockey, as in golf, technology is making the wooden stick obsolete. The new sticks - with hollow shafts made of composite materials (mostly graphite) that render them light as a feather - propel the puck faster than ever. One measure of how popular the composite sticks have become is the amount of money a team spends on them. A wooden stick, usually made of ash, costs about $20. The composites go for about $160 apiece. General manager Don Waddell said in the Thrashers' first season, 1999-2000, the team spent about $75,000 on sticks. By 2003-04, the popularity of "the one piece" - a composite shaft with a synthetic blade that has fluids injected inside - had increased that line item to $360,000.more
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