This thread is dedicated to the evolution of the hockey stick. Chronological order is of no importance. Just a question of appreciating and understanding the various changes to the hockey stick manufacturing process over the years while recalling some of the early names that contributed.
^^^ thanks mbh, Im a junky for stuff like this... in that last article the maker of Christian says they "hope to bring back use of the wooden stick" and Id surely like to see that, though I fear its quite the pipe dream at this stage in the game.... and ya, Northland was along with C.C.M. the preeminent stick in the 50's & early 60's, with Sher-Wood & Victoriaville gaining ground by the mid through late 60's and into the 70's along with imports Koho & Jofa, Torspo, Montreal Surprise & others. I remember as a kid in Southern Ontario we could easily find CCM & Hespeler sticks in the late 50's & early 60's but Northlands were pretty rare. Most of the Canadiens & Leafs used CCM's, the US based Rangers, Bruins, Hawks & Wings Northland; a few of the Habs players also using Sherbrookes & Victoriavilles as I recall. Most teams had deals of course, whereas over the years its morphed whereby the players themselves generally have contracts with specific mfg's, and in some cases using a competitors stick falsely re-branded.