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09-11-2013, 03:58 PM
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Hockey Stick Evolution

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.

1934 Ernie Evernden and the three-piece stick:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5768%2C1967393

1935 C.C.M. with Ed and Joe Choquette. Features production and distribution numbers for the Notre Dame street plant in the east end of Montreal:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6997%2C354977

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Here are some links to even older stick manufacturing, namely the Micmacs (sic) of Nova Scotia, purportedly dating back well into the mists of time...

www.birthplaceofhockey.com/origin/micmacstx/

and an interesting article on a "found" Micmac, featuring leather around the blade pre-tape...

http://www.trurodaily.com/Sports/Hoc...the-woodwork/1

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Christian Brothers hockey sticks.

http://history.vintagemnhockey.com/p...-hockey-sticks

http://www.wday.com/event/article/id/65775/

Northland hockey sticks.

http://history.vintagemnhockey.com/p...-hockey-sticks

I toured the Northland stick factory in 1962 in St. Paul, Mn. It was quite a popular stick back then.

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^^^ 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.

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