A goalie sticks is used to deflect the puck away from the net. Therefore, they need to be solid. The blade should be wide and light so he can slap it as far away from the net as possible. It also needs a good grip to hold it solid in the goalie’s grip. Many manufactures make sticks targeted specifically at goalies. While the goalie also blocks with his arms and legs a solid stick allows him to lessen his chance of injury. The stick also helps the goalie maintain his balance on the ice. As with his other equipment, a goalie stick must be carefully considered prior to purchase. It’s his first and most expendable line of defense.
A goalie stick must be strong, but not so much that the stick is too heavy. If it takes much effort to lift the player may not raise it in time to block an incoming puck. A light stick also helps when he sends the puck back into play. A light stick with a wide blade shoots it across the ice, and hopefully away from the opposing team’s players that surround him.
Goalie Hockey Sticks
Many companies manufacture special goalie sticks. The Nike Bauer One90 has an amazing .520 power taper and an unshakable low-mid flex that keeps the puck away from the net. It’s double-concave design keeps it tight in the goalie’s hand. The blade has been squared off to provide better contact with the puck. It’s one of the best sticks for goalies, but still far from the only good one. The Easton Stealth series is a good pick for goalies. It has Kevlar-enforced corners to make sure it doesn’t break against the force of the puck. It’s an incredibly light one-piece composite stick at only 395 grams. The Stealth’s Dogbone shape gives it excellent control for keeping the puck away. It does have a high price point, but it’s worth the cost. The Sher-Wood 9950 goalie sticks are the only ones designed based on the NHL Goalie’s Pro Pattern. It’s a pro-level stick that’s injected with foam rubber to minimize the amount of shock the stick absorbs. It’s highly impact-resistant shaft and blade are state-of-the-art. The blade is covered with muti-directional fiberglass and carbon fibers to keep it from snapping at a crucial moment. The Sher-Wood 9950 is a pro stick, but it’s in an amateur’s price range. Goalies should comparison shop and compare the various stick’s feel, weight, durability, materials, length, and power. The blade should be thick and heavy, while the shaft should be light but solid. Every company has a different idea of what a good goalie stick should be, but it’s up to the player to decided which one is the best based on his own strengths and preferences.