Hockey Stick Regulations

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Hockey Stick Regulations

No hockey stick shall exceed sixty-three inches (63") in length, from the heel to the end of the shaft; nor more than twelve and one-half inches (12½"), from the heel to the end of the blade. The blade of the hockey stick shall not be more than three inches (3") in width at any point; nor less than two inches (2"). All edges of the hockey blade shall be beveled. The curve must not exceed one half inch at any point on the blade. If it does, it shall be deemed an illegal stick and a minor penalty will be called against the player. However, in the NHL, there is no rule regarding the curvature sticks in a penalty shootout.

Goalie Sticks

The blade of the goalie's hockey stick shall not exceed three and one-half inches (3½") in width at any point, except at the heel, where it must not exceed four and one-half inches (4½") in width; nor shall the goalkeeper's stick exceed fifteen and one-half inches (15½") in length from the heel to the end of the blade.

There is no measurement of the curvature of the blade on the goalkeeper's hockey stick. The widened portion of the goalkeeper's stick, extending up the shaft from the blade, shall not extend more than twenty-six inches (26'') from the heel and shall not exceed three and one-half inches (3½") in width. A goalie stick must also have a knob at the end of the handle that's no less than ½ inch thick.

Broken Hockey Sticks

The goaltender is the only player on the ice who may use a broken hockey stick. If any other player breaks a stick during the action they must discard it or face a minor penalty. A goaltender may also use a regular hockey stick during the action if he has lost his own. For example, the goalie may use a forward's stick. However, nobody else on the ice is permitted to use the goaltender's hockey stick.

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