They're not just made of wood anymore
Along with skates, the hockey stick is one of the most personal and important pieces of equipment a player has. Without a stick you can't play the game. It's that simple. Even though the average hockey player may only have possession of the puck for about two minutes per game it's essential that they have the right stick to shoot, stickhandle, check and pass with authority and accuracy.
Hockey sticks aren't confined to on-the-ice players. Many people who play hockey never step foot on the ice, but still need a hockey stick, include players of roller/inline hockey, ball hockey, floor hockey and street hockey.
When looking to buy a stick, the hockey stick sizing process is crucial to discover the right height and weight for you, however a stick that is too long can usually be cut down to size. You must also find a hockey blade with a curve that you feel comfortable with and a hockey stick with the right lie for your body.
There are many types of hockey sticks on the market to choose from including those made of wood, aluminum, carbon, kevlar, titanium, graphite and rubber coated sticks. There are one piece and two piece sticks, those with replaceable blades and custom-made sticks.
With a wide variety of hockey sticks comes a wide variety of price. They range anywhere from $10-$15 for a wooden stick up to about $300 for a top-of-the-line composite stick, with goalie sticks averaging about $50. You should also take into account the level of hockey being played before purchasing your eight year old a top-of-the-line $300 stick.