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03-16-2009, 07:28 PM
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Brodeur
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For $30, it's probably tough to find a decent high end composite. With your height/weight, you're probably using a junior/intermediate stick as well? If I recall correctly, the junior/int versions of high end senior composite sticks aren't made the same. The junior/int versions mix in cheaper materials. So you might end up with a mid-range stick that is marked up because it has the same paint job as the sticks the pros use.

Like cptjeff said, there's nothing wrong with a wood stick. As a goalie, I'm always afraid of the guys who use the Sherwood 5030 woodies. Then there are those guys who can barely skate but dropped $200 on a high end composite.

Another route you might want to check out is getting a shaft+blade combo. The Mission L-2 is tapered, so it should behave like a one piece stick. Plus it comes with an extra blade which is pretty decent value:

$45 (junior): http://www.hockeymonkey.com/sfrbl2combojrc.html

If you're still young, you might outgrow the stick pretty rapidly though. And shipping will probably put you closer to $60 depending on your location.

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