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THE CONS OF COMPOSITE HOCKEY STICKS IN THE NHL

When NHL players started using aluminum stick I thought they might have a good idea but the switch to composite sticks concerned me.  Yes, the sticks are lighter and easier to use.  One issue with the lighter sticks is that players have less control which leads to inadvertent high sticking penalties.  High sticking penalties are definitely higher in frequency since the introduction of composite sticks.

Another issue is cost.  Cost really isn’t an issue for NHL players but for a parent who has to shell out $300 for a new stick for their kid the cost is prohibitive.  The last issue with composite sticks is their durability.  Wood sticks do break but composite sticks explode.  I have seen composite sticks break just from leaning on them for a face-off.

In addition, wood sticks have a feel that composite sticks don’t.  If you feel a vibration with a wood stick you have some indication that it is on the verge of breaking.  Players won’t go back to wood sticks anytime soon, this is just something to ponder.