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Old 01-19-2008, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have noticed that last season and this season the hockey sticks act like they are made of glass rather than fiberglas. It is not unusual to see 5 or 6 broken sticks in an AHL game, mostly on routine plays like shots. You see the blades break off, but you also see the shafts break in the middle between the players hands.

In the 1960s through the 1990s it was more like 1 or 2 broken sticks a game. This is progress? This rain of sticks on the ice actually takes away from the quality of hockey. There seems to be one power play a game that is disrupted by a broken stick, making it 4 on 4 hockey.

The AHL needs to switch away from its current supplier. The $100 sticks are worth about 10 cents in my book.
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well not just that, but for those of us who don't play in the AHL or NHL and have to supply our own sticks, it is getting ridiculous to think that we should pay well over $100 for a stick that will break quickly. We play because we love the game, but it's becoming so that the average player can't afford it. I like the lightness of the new sticks, but I never had a problem holding on to a wooden stick. The good old days.
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Old 01-19-2008, 05:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You have to pay a premium for good equipment. Its like that in any sport. Hockey is a full contact sport too... things break. Don't think that just because a stick is made of carbon that it will last any longer than a wood stick either. Most of us are just too young to remember games where there were no carbon sticks... so we forget that players back in those days broke their sticks just as often.

As for durablility, it depends on how brutal you are on your sticks. I don't break mine very often so a good $200 stick is worth it for me. If you are pulling 8 inches of ice on your slapshots and trying to wrap your stick over the crossbar every time you botch a shot, then yeah.. they wont last you very long.

Another option is to buy a shaft/blade combo. I have been rocking my redlite xn10 for over a year now with wood blades. I just bought a prostock ak27 and I expect that to last another couple of seasons.

It really just comes down to the player.
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i have always used wooden sticks (altho i did have a nice time for a while with an aluminium shafted stick), but i have been impressed by the light composite sticks.

trouble is, i hear that their reliability is dubious.... altho the guy at the local shop claims that sometimes if the blade of a composite breaks, you can cut it off at the stick's heel and use the shaft with wood blades etc... sounds a bit dodgey to me.

and besides, a bit of weight in your stick is no big deal is it?
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i have always used wooden sticks (altho i did have a nice time for a while with an aluminium shafted stick), but i have been impressed by the light composite sticks.

trouble is, i hear that their reliability is dubious.... altho the guy at the local shop claims that sometimes if the blade of a composite breaks, you can cut it off at the stick's heel and use the shaft with wood blades etc... sounds a bit dodgey to me.

and besides, a bit of weight in your stick is no big deal is it?

Depends on the person. I like a little weight in my stick to give some extra push my my shots. I feel though that balance is a lot more of the "weight" of a stick than anything. I have a Vapor XXX lite that is by far one of the lightest sticks that I have ever used. It feels GREAT though because of the amazing balance.

As for durability, most sticks can be cut down into shafts. The only issue though is most of the time you have to cut a few inches off of the shaft to get a blade in. This effects the kickpoint, weight, balance and flex of the stick.

Another new thing is that you can repair your sticks. SRS can take a broken stick and make it just as good (if not better) than good. I was a huge skeptic at first but then I used a "broken" stick and I was amazed. They can even mend a broken carbon blade.
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I was at a Milwaukee Admirals game this afternoon. I counted 4 broken sticks, there could have been more that I didn't see. The strangest break was in the penalty box. The player went in with a good looking stick and didn't bang it on anything that I could see. With 30 seconds left in his penalty he stood up and waved the stick at his bench. He repeated this before a face off at about 20 seconds left. The bench didn't see him. He came out of the box without his stick and took a position at the defensive blue line to try and block a shot from the point. He received a stick going back to the bench on a change of possession.
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I know you guys are talking about counting broken sticks but keep in mind sometimes players just happen to loose their sticks and get new ones off the bench as their skating because if they bend down to pick it up they could be out of position or it may not make sense to pick it up at the time. Also in response to Adsfan with the player getting one out of the box he could have realized their was a crack in his stick or the tape could have gotten messed up and thats why he replaced it.

I'm not denying these new sticks don't break as easy. Also keep in mind that when some of us started playing (myself included) the newest thing out there on the market was the easton aluminums which are tanks. And we were too young and not strong enough to break those or ultra lights or even zbubbles when they first came out. Now that we have all grown up and gotten stronger its a little easier to break a stick.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The new sticks add on to the power of the shot and thats why most pros use them, also if a stick gets slashed it can cause a dent in the stick or it can crack with out the player knowing until he goes to take his next shot.. where as in a wood stick you notice the stick is broken. I use composite sticks and prefer them ove wood sticks because i find wood sticks break more than composites.
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Okay, The RBK 9k O Stick, seemed all great till after about 50 days it snapped on pass.. probably got a slash or something bu week. I also broke RM19 Shaft... Synergy SL... Warrior Macdaddy... This is only in about 20 games.. so sticks are ****.. i suggest using sherwoods if you want a quality for the amount i just bought an RM8 for 120$ .. and it seems alright.. But just a suggestion because the amount of money ive spent on sticks has been a waste of money, they all break once the warranty expires.. I get them from my buds dads store .. so theres some leeway but its getting expense for me.. seeing as i buy my own sticks at 17.

so the price for quality doesn't mean a whole lot... but i sure did love the o stick i plan to buy another or buy next years easaton s17.
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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have you used ur rm8 much yet? i have an rm7 and love it and may get an rm8 because of the low price and my rm7 has worked well for me..
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