Hockey Stick Trivia
Interesting hockey stick tales
- When players used wooden hockey sticks only, NHL teams went through an average of 2500 to 4000 per season. Bobby Orr used to go through 120-180 per season.
- Wayne Gretzky used to put talcum powder on his stick blade.
- Many professional hockey players use two sets of sticks during games, one with illegal hockey stick curves and ones with legal curves. They usually use legal sticks toward the end of a close game to avoid a penalty for an illegal stick.
- Hockey pioneer Art Ross, who died in 1964, once talked of experimenting with a new hockey stick with a metal handle and a wooden blade that could be replaced when worn. Forty years later his premonition came true.
- If a wooden hockey stick is stored in a hot dry place the wood is likely to become dry and brittle and more prone to splitting. Wet or damp hockey sticks shouldn't be left in a hockey stick bag, hockey equipment bag or car trunk etc. as this damages the wood causing flaking.
- The world's oldest hockey stick, believed to have been made between1852-1856, is on display at Toronto's Sports Hall of Fame and is valued at up to $2 million US.
- Players used to curve their own blades by heating them in boiling water, with a torch or a blow dryer and then jamming them under a door and pulling up on the stick.
- In 1960, Stan Mikita partially broke his straight bladed stick in practice and continued to use it, noticing the puck really jumped off of the ice. His team mate, Bobby Hull, noticed and together they experimented with the modern-era curved blade.
- Some players shave down the blade of their stick to get more whip and hockey stick flex.
- Many artistic and handy people build hockey stick lawn chairs and hockey stick tables out of broken hockey stick shafts.
- Many players prefer black hockey tape on their sticks believing it's harder for the goalie to spot the black hockey puck on the black hockey blade.
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