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Stick lingo defined

By Joe Morales


An aluminum stick that has been chemically treated to reduce corrosion is said to have been “anodized.” The process tends to leave a yellowish color on the stick’s surface.


The portion of the stick that contacts the ice and provides a striking surface to shoot the puck and move it along the ice.


The top end of the shaft.


Identifies the curved shape of a stick blade. Stick blades with a highly-curved toe are said to have a different camber than blades with a consistent, heel-to-toe curve.


A term that indicates the use of more than one type of material in the construction of a stick. Often such composites include the use of wood along with Kevlar or carbon-fiber based material, such as graphite.


Usually applies to the hollowed-out center of a stick shaft. Many hockey sticks feature wood construction with a Kevlar- or graphite-filled core.


The amount of circular bend applied to the blade. A large curve applies more spin to a puck than a small curve, and can cause shots to dip, rise and curve. NHL rules now permit a maximum curve of 1/2” on stick blades.


A high-strength, light-weight synthetic compound. Woven first into fibers and then into sheets before being impregnated with a resin and heated under pressure, graphite is used to produce extremely strong and light-weight—if expensive—hockey sticks.


The rear portion of the stick blade.


A high-strength material developed by Dupont in the 1960s as a replacement for fiberglass. Kevlar’s strength makes it ideally suited for use in bullet-proof vests, military headgear and hockey sticks.


Stick blades and shafts are sometimes built up in layers, sometimes called laminations. Laminations are usually applied with glue, under pressure, and provide a stick with greater strength. Laminations include combinations of fiberglass, wood and graphite.


The angle of the stick shaft as it meets the blade. Most sticks are produced with a lie rating of “5” or “6,” with a higher number indicating a more vertical shaft. Sticks are produced with varying lies to accommodate the different sizes, styles and preferences of hockey players.


The portion of the stick a player holds, and to which the stick blade is attached.


A projecting part cut on the end of a wooden stick shaft and used to form a joint between the shaft and the blade.


The front portion of the stick blade.


The variable amount of flexibility or stiffness within a stick’s shaft. The more a shaft “gives” when a shot is taken, the whippier it is considered to be.

— Joe Morales



This first appeared in the 10/1994 issue of Hockey Player Magazine®
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Posted: Oct 31, 2001, 16:03

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