Composite Hockey Sticks
Composite hockey sticks were introduced to the hockey equipment market in the mid-1990s as a lighter-weight, more flexible alternative to the wood hockey stick. Crafted from various types of synthetic materials, composite hockey sticks have become increasingly popular.
It is important to note that the term "composite" refers to the materials that the hockey sticks are made of, not whether they are made with one or two pieces. Every hockey stick can be seen as having two pieces, the blade and the shaft. Sometimes these pieces are individually replaceable, and at other times, they are sold as one piece, when the two pieces have been permanently fused together.
Easton developed one-piece composite hockey sticks in 1999, and they have quickly become popular. When purchasing a new composite stick, you may want to consider the cost. The one-piece composite hockey sticks tend to cost a bit less than two-piece, but it costs more to replace the entire stick, rather than just one part of it.
Compared to wood hockey sticks, composite hockey sticks are also more consistently made. When you purchase a composite hockey stick, a player can be confident that it will feel the same as another one of the same model.
Composite hockey sticks are crafted from a variety of synthetic materials, including fiberglass, aluminum, graphite, Kevlar, and titanium. These materials vary in weight and flexibility properties, and hockey players can learn through experience which ones are best for their personal game.
Composite hockey sticks are much more expensive than wooden ones, and can cost up to $250. The real attraction of the composite hockey sticks tends to be in the play. Because of the additional flexibility, composite hockey sticks can be bent against the ice when a shot is made, producing an extra sling-shot effect for a faster and harder shot.
Adding a revolutionary change to the game of hockey, composite hockey sticks have allowed players to shoot a puck faster and to control the puck better. Technological advances like these are one way to truly take advantage of a hockey player's natural talents.