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04-28-2011, 01:43 PM
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Goalies: Shorter stick to help with puckhandling / stick length

I heard a week or so ago on HNIC that some goalie (possibly Price? but I can't remember for sure) used a much shorter goalie stick to help with shooting and playing the puck. I have never cut my goalie sticks in my career (going by the adage that if there's more of me in the net there's more chance I'll stop the puck, even if it's as miniscule as the shaft of a stick), but after I heard this it was almost like a lightbulb went off.

Obviously now that I've thought about it, I only very rarely happen to make a fluke save with that part of the shaft, and even then they're usually risers that I just barely miss with my blocker and so they still hit the lower part of it. It would limit the amount of extension you had available for poke-checks, but even then I can't remember the last time I made or even attempted a full-extension poke-check. In my recollection, most of mine seem to be made in-close or at the side of the net. So I can't think of an opportunity where I would truly miss having that long extension on the top of my stick.

Has anyone tried it? As a goalie I'm no more than an average puckhandler, but when I envision having a shorter stick it seems like it could actually help. Just wondering if anyone else out there has tried it before I go and cut off a stick for nothing.

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