Hockey equipment is some of the most technologically advanced and intricate tools in the world of sports. This level of precision and complexity provides athletes with the ability to transcend the performance of mere mortals and accomplish amazing feats of power and agility. However, with this blessing comes a curse.
While having sensitive equipment may boost performance, it’s also more likely to wear down or break quickly. Stick upkeep is one of the most overlooked aspects of hockey, even though it can dramatically improve your performance. In fact, following some simple routines has the ability to save you hundreds of dollars in new equipment costs over the course of a season. So let’s take a look at one of the most underrated skills in hockey: maintenance.
Hockey sticks are made from multiple layers of carbon fiber or wood. In fact, hockey blades can have as many as 35 layers of fiber, not to mention additional features like
Why have composite sticks made such an impact on hockey? If you look at traditional factors like sensitivity and durability, old fashioned wood sticks still seem to be relevant if not better than synthetic materials. So what’s the key factor? In short: kick points.
It’s true that composites weigh less, giving them an edge in terms of maneuverability and recovery time. But this alone wouldn’t be enough to dominate the market, especially considering the doubling or even tripling of price between composites and wood. No, the major difference is the manufacturing precision in the way sticks function, enabling athletes to optimize their performance in a way organic materials simply cannot replicate.
Weight vs Price
Wood sticks typically cost between $25 – $50, a seemingly fantastic price when compared to the composite range of $75 – $250 or more. Obviously, most retailers need to charge well over $100 to provide a composite that has a minimal functional durability and can
These strapping athletes choose to forsake the offensive arts in favor of perfecting their defensive awareness and physical prowess. Instead of pure brute aggression like some defenders, these athletes focus on the right tactic for each situation, picking apart the offense like a game of chess.
The specialist’s greatest strength is the ability to read the opposing offense. On an individual level, this skill can lead to fantastic defensive plays that lead to fast breaks and scoring opportunities, although it also requires a tremendous amount of dedication in the weight room and skill drills.
However, at the highest level of play, specialists share their knowledge with their teammates and transform individual defenders into a cohesive unit without a weakness. It is a harder path and forces the specialist to learn communication
A goalie stick is one of the most important parts of a goalie’s equipment. It is used to block shots, poke check, and handle the puck, all of which must be taken into consideration when selecting a stick.
It’s important to remember that every stick is different and will perform better at some activities and worse at others. This holds true for every component of a stick, whether it’s something as simple as the material it’s built out of or as complex as the intricate combination of blade pattern choices.
While an article like this can help you understand some of the general components of goalie sticks and how to match them to your specific needs, it’s essential that you spend time thinking about how you want to develop your play style and how your stick can help you get there.
The easiest way to categorize goalie sticks is by their material components. There are three
Puck control is the ability to maintain control of the puck through traffic, physical contact, and poke checks.
The NHL All-Star Game features a SuperSkills Competition for puck control in which players race through an obstacle course made from pylons. The courses are designed in such a way as to force sharp corners and require rapid speed adjustments. The player who completes the course in the shortest amount of time without losing the puck is the champion.
In a game setting, controlling the puck requires excellent stick handling and the ability to deke opponents. It’s also dependent on physical agility and the ability to dodge hits and remain illusive while driving toward the opposing goal.
Paw Printz was one of the original brands enrolled in the Olympus Seller program. Their products officially debuted in December of 2013, although the company had been in communication with Olympus for several months.
The initial connection came through BOA, another early adopter of the Olympus Seller program and a sister brand to Eleven. Originally, both Paw Printz and Olympus were providing BOA business support services, but eventually BOA regained its autonomy and became a self-managed brand once again. Rather than parting ways, Paw Printz and Olympus joined forces on the quest to improve tournaments across the country.
We had a chance to talk to Becky Hookanson, one of the co-owners, and decided to ask some questions about her experience with the brand and advice she might have for new businesses starting out.
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Playmakers are creators and visionaries. They are willing to move the puck and do what is necessary to put points on the board.
These athletes tend to be smaller in stature and rarely exert physical aggression. This can leave them vulnerable to larger, stronger players but also frees them to focus on strategy, offensive awareness, and other valuable skills.
The playmaker’s greatest strength is the ability to control and move the puck. This often lands the playmaker directly in the thick of the action, weaving in and out of other players in order to open up passing lanes. Naturally, playmakers require highly developed technical skill in areas like puck handling and passing.
However, the most important skill for a playmaker to master is game awareness, especially on the offensive end. Learning to read the play and anticipate the defense can enable playmakers to develop the offense and generate offense from seemingly impossible situations.
- Offensive awareness
What is Flex?
Flex is the hockey term used to describe how stiff a stick is, or more specifically, how difficult it is to bend the stick during a shot. This rating refers to the pounds of force required to bend the stick one inch. Sticks come in different flex sizes, with the typical range going from 40-flex for youth players all the way to 115-flex for adults. As such, 80-flex stick means that 80lbs of pressure is needed to bend the stick, while 110-flex stick requires 110lbs of pressure.
This concept translates into the power you can generate during a shot and is especially relevant for snipers and other long range bombers. Slap shots generate tremendous power due to the shooting mechanics. Depending on their level of skill, a player’s stick will actually contact the ice anywhere from 2-10 inches behind the puck. This motion is designed to bend (or flex) the stick to create
Blade patterns play a central role in modern hockey. They are one of the few pieces of equipment that can be fully customized around an athlete’s unique skill set. Traditionally named after sponsored athletes, common patterns have as many aliases as a super spy and pop up in every level of competition.
With the growing popularity of carbon fiber sticks, custom blade patterns have been relegated to the few, old school wood players. Nowadays, hockey sticks come in a handful of industry standard patterns, such as the Sakic or Modano. While these general blade variations get the job done, athletes are less likely to reap the full suite of benefits a custom blade offers.
Anyone familiar with Olympus knows how passionate we are about our custom blade options. We believe you deserve a blade specially designed to keep up with your specific style of play. But regardless of whether you are creating a custom blade pattern or choosing