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03-30-2009, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackjack View Post
The sticks aren't made for specific players, they have the same blade patterns as retail sticks, and they are are much heavier (i.e. more durable) than retail sticks.

They're made for all college and professional leagues. I think they normally cost about the same as a retail stick.

But if you can get them from a reputable source, I would definitely recommend buying them over retail sticks. My sticks never break within a month anyway.
Well, it depends on the stick. Stuff made for college and minor pro will have a stock curve, but the selection is much greater then retail curves. You can recognize those by the pattern. They'll have a code instead of a name, say SK-11 (a random RBK prostock curve similar to the Sakic). They can also order them in a wider variety of flexes.

Once you get to the NHL you get a lot of different things going on. Endorsement deals can result in a stick being a completely different model then it's painted, a lot of the pro stock s17s are Synergies for example. And sometimes the synergies are Synergy STs, or in St Louis' case, have a different color. At the NHL level everyone gets a custom curve, but they're often based on a retail curve the player learned on with minor tweaks, but sometimes they can be something completely out there.

Flex is also custom to the player. You also don't get any info on it when buying though, so be careful there.

And they don't make the stick heavier and more durable unless specially asked to. And that doesn't really happen often at all.

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