Goalie Sticks

Wider blades to help stop the puck

Goaltenders, like forwards and defensemen, should also make sure they are using the proper size hockey stick for their personal preference and performance. Goalies have fewer options when choosing a stick because goalie sticks are heavier and larger than regular sticks and there aren't as many different models on the market.

Some goalie sticks are made entirely of wood and are naturally a little heavier than a regular hockey stick. Most goalie sticks however, are made of a wood core and are reinforced by fiberglass, graphite or Kevlar, etc for added strength. Most sticks have polyurethane foam injected paddles and blades which deadens the puck and allows for easier rebound control. Goal sticks are reinforced for strength and stiffness and are designed to take a lot of wear and tear during a game.

Goalie stick blades are longer and wider than regular hockey sticks and you should make sure that your stick abides to the goaltender rules and regulations of your hockey league. When searching for the right length of a stick a goalie should try and find the right size without having to cut down the shaft as this will more than likely disrupt the balance of the stick. A goalie should also try to find the right size stick by wearing hockey skates or standing on a raised platform when trying them out. Goalies usually put large knobs, or butt ends, on their sticks so they can get a better grip on them when poke checking incoming attackers. A larger knob also makes the goal stick easier to pick the stick up if the goalie drops it on the ice.

Like regular hockey sticks, goalie sticks can also be purchased with curved blades since many goaltenders are skilled hockey puck handlers. Some goalies are also excellent shooters and passers and more than a few NHL goalies have scored a goal. Remember though, that a goalie's first objective is to stop the puck and to only act as a third defenseman when the proper opportunity arises, so make sure you get a stick that's good for stopping the puck. Youngsters and beginning goalies should really start off using a straight or nearly straight blade as only the more advanced goalies with top puck handling skills will benefit from a curved blade.

Most of the large hockey equipment manufacturers such as Bauer hockey equipment, Christian, Falcon, CCM, Ferland, Flarrow, Itech, Kitchener, Montreal, Muskoka, Reebok, Sher Wood hockey sticks and Louisville hockey sticks make a line of goalie sticks as do goal equipment manufacturers such as Brian's, Eddy, Gould, Heaton, Maltese, and Vaughn.

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