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Its been a while since I have played ice hockey, but the two sticks I would use would be a Bauer and a Koho, depending on the role I would be playing during the game. I played on the right wing, so In an offensive role I would either play in the corners and around the net, or by the point. When I played the point, I would tend to use a Koho, because it is a very strong stick. I would always have a very stiff flex, whatever stick I was using. My blade would be slightly curved to achieve enough lift on the puck to put it in 1 or 2 hole. I felt that going top shelf usually produces a goal, because the goal tender generally has a lot of traffic in front of him, and it takes longer for him to respond. When playing around the net, I would use a Bauer. This is because the shaft of my particualr stick was slightly heavier, and enabled me to check my opponents with greater force. My blade would have a slight wedge to it, so that I could back hand the puck more accuratley, and increase the chances of scoring on the rebound. The wedge would also give me a lot of power, if I was being fed from the left, and was lining up for a one timer. The problem with this occurs when you need to lift the puck from close to the net. The blade is probably the most important part of the stick, and how strong it is largely depends on how well its taped. I would always tape from toe to heel. Before a game I would dust the tape with baby powder, so that the puck comes off of my stick smoother. The tape can sometimes be a little sticky, and attracts the puck like a magnet. This results in crisper passing, and more accurate shooting. However, during practice, I would not dust the tape, because it would cause me to concentrate more, and handling would be much easier during the game. To conclude, the performance of the stick depends on the role which the player is undertaking. More importantly, it is the player themselves who determine how good a stick feels, and
that will obviously differ between players.
This is the other type of stick I use. Of all the high-curved sticks I've used, my Koho seems the best balanced one. It's got a great feel and more snap than most other sticks I've tried. But the main reason I love the Koho is that it has taken smacks that would have broken other sticks for sure. Not just one, mind you. And each time I'll check the strength of the stick I find no difference at all in the flex or the feel. I've had this stick since I learned the game, and for all the times I fell on it and leaned on it and absorbed punishment with it I would have expected it to be in pieces, but it goes on. If you want to get an excellent stick that'll last you, go with the Koho.