Hockey has been a popular sport for centuries. All around the world it has captured the imaginations of young and energetic athletes. Hockey has traversed international borders and is loved by millions of people around the globe. What started out as a simple game has now transformed in many different variants taking the game to a whole new level with more style, charisma and popular appeal.
In this article we will discuss the hockey goalie stick i.e. hockey stick used by a goalie or goaltender. Different variants of hockey use different types of stick, designed to minimize the effort and maximize the result. The type of stick used also depends on the position of the player. Some sticks offer more hitting power where as some offer more effective stopping.
A hockey goalie stick or in other words a stick used by a goaltender is designed specifically to provide more stopping power. Even though it can used for hitting the puck (in ice hockey) or ball (in field hockey), its main objective is to assist in efficient defending of the goal post.
At first instance you might not figure out the differences in a hockey goalie stick compared to sticks used by other players, but they have significant differences in their characteristics.
- Ice hockey goalie stick:
An ice hockey goalie stick has the same shaft length as any other ice hockey stick but all of its other characteristics differ from regular sticks. Most of the differences are in the blade section. The blade of an ice hockey goalie stick is considerably wider as compared to those in other sticks. The obvious reason for this is to implement defending features. These sticks are more acute angled, meaning the angle is less than the angle found in other sticks. Another major difference is that their blade is slightly curved towards the direction of the game play. Goaltenders often put large amounts of tape at the end of the shaft of the sticks, this knob helps the goaltender to poke check without losing the stick and it also helps in easy picking of the stick in case it is accidently dropped.
- Field hockey goalie stick:
The basic principles are same in this case too, the stick must provide for more effective defending. However, ice hockey goalie sticks may be made of composite materials, in case of field hockey; all sticks are mostly wood based. It must be noted that the game itself doesn’t imposes any restrictions on the material of the stick and many players opt for composite sticks rather than wooden sticks. Sticks used in field hockey too differ according to the position of the player. Basically there are four variants of field hockey sticks – they are Shorty, maxi, midi and J hook. A goalie or goaltender is most likely to choose a J hook as its end provides a large surface area as compared to other variants. A J hook hockey stick has increased thickness which is ideal for stopping the ball effectively.
Matt Reed is a writer for Summit who believes every hockey player has the right to become a legend, and so they dedicated their site at summitolympus.com to providing the knowledge, resources on wooden hockey sticks.
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