Friday, January 22, 2010

Hockey player sticks to tradition

Finding a Sher-Wood 5030SC Feather Light wood hockey stick here in the middle of Hockeytown has been as challenging as watching the Detroit Lions -- painful and aggravating.

I admit it. I'm old school when it comes to hockey equipment, especially my stick. Wood has a special, tactile feel that's as comfortable as a pair of well-worn bedroom slippers. For me, composite models offer a snappier shot but make taking a pass an adventure like a football fumble.

Local sport shops, however, have learned that selling a $150 composite stick is much more profitable than selling five $30 ones. Incredibly, kids are willing to fork over their allowance cash for a composite endorsed by Pavel Datsyuk or Sidney Crosby. (Goals, no doubt, optional at extra cost). The wood stick has become as uncommon as Conan O'Brien at NBC headquarters.

After burning petrol all over town, I finally found a Sher-Wood source. Of course, it was on- line. Of course, I'll have to wait. But I am amazed that, in Michigan, I have to import these Canadian-made hockey sticks from California.


  1. Who would have thought it would be so hard. You play hockey around town? One of the guys that works for me plays a couple times a week. I wonder if you've ever come across each other. (Yes, I know...there are a lot of people who play hockey, but it could happen. Kevin seems to know everyone.)

  2. HNCL12,
    I feel for ya, but some technology is worth trying. I've made the switch...sort of. Not using a true one piece composite, but I went with a carbon fiber shaft and wood blade inserts to start. Good feel but 'blade heavy.' Switched to CF blades. Good balance, and due to the lightness, surprisingly good puck feel.
    Your agent of change,