Finally! Real Innovation in a Hockey Stick!

Finally! Real Innovation in a Hockey Stick!

It’s been a while since hockey gear has gotten me excited. When I was younger, I definitely fell for some of the marketing mumbo-jumbo that many hockey companies put on their gear. With regards to hockey sticks, companies will have a “loading zone” with marked decals…or they’ll supposedly have two flex points…or they’ll make one designed for “pure power” and another designed for “quick release”. All these things are great IDEAS, but I was always curious if the IDEAS were a result of the marketing team or a team looking at how people shoot.

It seems that the team that put together this V Series for Easton has actually looked at how players shoot. They’ve innovated the reinforced toe, which I think is crucial. As mentioned on their video, most players are actually shooting off the toe, and using the flex of the BLADE to get whip and a quick release. I really notice that the best shooters on my team use their toe much more than the weaker shooters, so reinforcing the toe for its use in quick release shots is a great idea.

The other innovation that I think is great is their dual lie patterns. I know they’ve been around, and pros have been using them for a while, but I’ve been stuck with very standard blade patterns my whole life. I’ve basically been using a blade pattern that’s about 25 years old. The dual lie patterns take into account the different mechanics a player uses to stickhandle/receive passes, and to shoot. With my pattern, I’ve played around with my stick lengths to try and get one lie that work for both. It makes sense to have a blade designed with two lies. (One time I shot with a pro’s 2-lie stick and was absolutely blown away…but didn’t want to get attached to his curve because I knew I wouldn’t be able to use it)

The flex profile of the stick which causes it to flex more lower down is pretty interesting, considering that the very first Easton Synergy had a tapered profile so as to make the stick more flexible higher up (I think). Anyway, the flex profile that they’ve adopted isn’t something I really understand. I can’t really comment on it because of this.

If you do understand it and wanna let me know, comment below!



Ubyssey Version of Creatine Supplementation

No-Nonesense Guide to Creatine Supplementation

I already wrote an article on creatine supplementation for my blog. But this version has some nice quotes from one of my profs and has the added bonus of being edited! Give it a read if you want a refresher, or if my last iteration sucked, and you’re glad I rewrote it.

The Ubyssey Article Series

I thought I’d have some fun for my last few weeks of school so I decided to write a weekly column for my school newspaper, The Ubyssey. I’m going to also publish those articles on the blog once they’ve been published in The Ubyssey. The articles will be a bit more basic in scope and aimed at non-hockey or beginner hockey players. Nonetheless, might make some of the content on my blog more readable. Hopefully you enjoy!