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02-02-2010, 11:45 AM
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Retail DRURY Curve and the NHL?!

Rather than create an entirely new topic thread, I'd like to bring this old topic back to life.

It has been well documented that the retail "Drury curve" appears to be the curve of choice for NHLers. My question is, why, what's the fascination? What exactly is it about this curve that draws so many high-end players? Is it a shooter's curve or a playmaker/passer's curve? I've never used it, so I'm curious.

Granted, I'm fully aware that ultimately it is 110% player personal preference and that, in the end, it's "the carpenter, not the tool" but certainly manufacturers create different blade patterns consisting of various combinations of curve location, depth, size, face angle, lie, toe shape, etc. for a reason. So, again, all that said, I'm wondering what combination of pattern specifics (heel curve, slight depth, 1/2", very open face, etc.) make the Drury the curve of choice for so many NHLers?

Additionally, again reiterating the fact that it's "the magician, not the wand", I'd love to know which popular retail patterns are geared more towards shooting, passing, or handling? In example, would a mid curve, slight depth, small curvature, closed face, short blade length really be more beneficial for optimal stickhandling, or is this correlation another "general rule," similar to the stick length should be cut to the chin on skates "rule"?

Look forward to your responses.

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