Proper Stick Sizing PowerPoint

Proper stick sizing
To properly fit a goalie stick, follow these simple steps:
1) If you're able, it is best to fit a goalie stick while wearing goalie skates.
Fitting a goalie stick in street shoes does not accurately simulate use, and
your fitting will not be accurate.
2) Have the goalie get in a stance position as if he/she was playing - knees
bent hands in front of the body, stick 12" from the skates.
* A perfectly fit stick will place the goalie's blocker next to his or her leg pad as
shown in the picture.
* The stick is too short if the blocker overlaps the leg pad, or if the heel of the
stick comes off of the ice in a normal stance position.
* The stick is too big if there is a large gap between the blocker and the leg
pad, or if the toe of the stick comes off the ice in a normal stance position.
NOTE: Paddle Measurements are
NOT Consistent from Brand to
It is difficult to use the
manufacturer's measurements as a
guide when sizing sticks as
measurements are not consistent
from brand to brand. In other
words, a 24" paddle from one
manufacturer may not be the same
as a 24" paddle from another
It is important to go through the
sizing process each time that you
purchase a new stick.
Kind of Sticks
1. Wood Goalie Sticks
• Wood sticks are typically made of laminated pieces
of aspen, ash or birch, which are covered on the
paddle and blade by thin layers of fiberglass for
durability and water resistance.
• As stick technology has advanced in the last few
decades, the demand for wood sticks has
decreased as today's goalies tend to favor lighter
and softer models.
o Goalies who prefer a more traditional feel, or who are on a budget, will
find wood sticks appealing.
2. Foam Core Goalie Sticks
• Foam core sticks typically feature a wood shaft with a glass
lamination for durability. The paddle and blade are made
from a molded urethane, which is then injected with foam,
and covered with a glass or composite laminate for strength
and water resistance.
Newer foam core sticks also feature a harder heel insert to keep the heel from
premature wear and tear.
• The foam inside both the paddle and the blade act to
provide rigidity, and to dampen the vibrations that goalies feel
when the puck hits the stick.
Oftentimes, goalies who use a foam core stick will describe it’s feel as “soft”,
meaning that there is little vibration when the puck impacts it.
• Foam core sticks have grown in popularity over the years as
they combine a reasonable price point, light weight, a soft
feel, and good durability.
3. Composite Goalie Sticks
• Today’s composite sticks are made from a variety of materials,
ranging from fiberglass to graphite to carbon fiber/Kevlar.
Like the foam core sticks, composite sticks often feature foam core injections for
vibration deadening, and they are often wrapped in higher grade synthetic
materials (nylon, carbon fiber, Kevlar) which help promote durability.
• Due to the nature of the materials being used, composite
sticks – especially the carbon fiber, Kevlar and graphite
models; tend to be the lightest on the market.
Additionally, many of today’s models feature innovative elements including
“rubbery” grip zones on the shoulder area, convex or flat paddle profiles (on the side
that faces the shots), and contoured paddles that accommodate goalies who like
the hold the stick closer to the body.
• Composite sticks tend to be the most expensive on the
market, though the buyer can be comforted in knowing that
many of today’s composites feature a 30-day manufacturer’s
Tapping Sticks
Thank you!
• Questions?

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