A hockey stick is probably one of the first things you notice when you watch hockey. Whether you are watching on professionals on TV or your own little all-star at your local hockey rink, it is important that you know the skinny on hockey sticks.
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There are two types of hockey sticks, wooden sticks and Composite Hockey sticks. Composite sticks can have a wood insert at the tip, called a two piece, or be completely composite from tip to tip, a.k.a. one piece. So which is best?
The only advantage of wooden hockey sticks is that they are cheaper to make, and thus make less of a dent on your wallet. So unless you are strapped for cash, you are better off buying a one piece or two piece composite stick.
Composite sticks are lighter, stronger, and last longer than wooden sticks, but what’s the difference between a one and two piece? Well, a two piece usually lasts longer than a one piece, especially at more advance levels, due to the larger amounts of wear-and-tear on the sticks. This is because most sticks break at the blade. If you have a two-piece, you can just buy another blade, which may not be the case for your one piece.
So while one-pieces are generally perform better, they do not last as long as two piece sticks.
Another important aspect of buying a stick is your hockey player’s age. Basically there are 5 different stages of hockey sticks based on age.
Toddler/Tyke hockey sticks (2-4 years old)
Youth Composite Hockey Sticks- 3-8 years old
Junior composite hockey sticks (7-13 years old)
Intermediate Composite Hockey Sticks- 12-14 years old
Senior composite hockey sticks- 14+ years old
Although this is the standard for hockey sticks and other kinds of hockey pads, this is by no means an absolute. Some children hit their growth spurt sooner than others, and some are simply taller. You can buy a stick for now, or one for the future. The length of the stick should be up to the player’s nose when he/she is not standing on skates.
Whether you purchase a wooden stick or a one/two piece composite stick, make sure your child knows that it is a tool, not a toy. Talk about which stick is best for them before you make the purchase.