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Your Secondary Stick

View Poll Results: How does your secondary stick compare to your primary?
Exact same stick 13 27.66%
Different blade pattern 8 17.02%
Different flex rating 11 23.40%
Different stick length 4 8.51%
Whatever stick was on sale 7 14.89%
My old stick 21 44.68%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

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01-21-2010, 02:12 PM
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Your Secondary Stick

The thread on stick length got me thinking about how players manage their sticks. Most people that I know carry two sticks with them to the rink, and I'm no exception.

What differs though, is how people shop for their secondary stick in relation to their primary stick.


Some guys carry duplicate sticks in case their primary breaks. Some people carry sticks that are longer or shorter, sticks with a different blade pattern, different flex, or a completely arbitrary selection.

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For a while, my backup stick would always just be my old stick. However, I eventually fell into a routine where I would break my primary stick, then replace it and just wind up using the shiny new stick. My current secondary stick has had a grand total of ten minutes worth of use, and is now much shorter than the stick I prefer. It also has a ridiculous curve on it. IDK how I ever used to play with that thing

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01-21-2010, 02:18 PM
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I go through a lot of sticks (buying and selling, not breaking)...I always end up with roughly the same length and flex but usually a different pattern.

For a while I had two of the same exact stick, but it didn't make sense because I rarely break them and like to experiment...

Right now my sticks are:

RBK 7k Sickick 75 flex Bergeron (big mid curve)
Bauer Vapor XXV 77 flex P92 (open mid curve)

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01-21-2010, 02:26 PM
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i voted for the top four options because i have a bunch of differnt sticks and i usually take a different one and mess around with it during warm ups or if im not feeling my normal stick during the game

my primary is a z-bubble focus flex 85 flex with a bauer samasonov curve and is taller than the rest

the rest are....
85 flex z-bubble focus flex but little shorter because it has a composite butt end and an s15 sakic curve

100 flex warrior ak27 with zcarbon(pretty much the same thing as an s15 but my other s15 blade broke) sakic curve

100 flex warrior dolomite ops pro stock pattern(which just broke)

100 flex easton stealth ops iginla

100 flex easton ultra lite with warrior draper curve

100 flex easton sl ops pro stock pattern

85 flex easton synthesis with warrior fedorov curve

110 flex ccm vector ops with recchi curve

100 flex easton st ops forsberg curve

100 flex reebok 7k ops


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01-21-2010, 02:32 PM
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Exact same (goalie) stick. In the past I tried using a different stick for a backup, but I get so used to my primary stick that it completely throws my game off when I have to use my backup stick. Blade isn't centered in my five-hole, blade lifts off the ice, blocker arm isn't in the position I expect it to be, etc.

Just easier this way. Not to mention that I use the Sherwood 5030, which is easy to find for $50 on sale (individually), and Sport Check always has the "buy one get half off the second" deal going on. Not like I'm breaking the bank here.

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01-21-2010, 02:32 PM
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Right now my primary is: Vapor X:60 PM9 95 Flex

Secondary is: Easton S17 Sakic 100 Flex

I used to have a Vapor XXX PM9 As Backup except I'm going to try out the Sakic/Draper/Naslund curves next where I will have:

PrimarY: Easton S17 Sakic 100 Flex
Backup: Warrior Mac Daddy Draper 85 Flex.

I like to experiment as well =)

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01-21-2010, 03:24 PM
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I just do stick and puck and some pick-up. I've got an X:40 PM9 67 flex which is my newest and main shooting stick, and an RBK 5K 75 flex shaft with a One55 PM9 blade which I use in game-type situations because I really don't want my 2 week old X:40 getting slashed or stepped on or something. Both are the same length with the same blade pattern, just different flexes that are close enough that I don't have much problem switching between them.

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01-21-2010, 03:32 PM
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Primary stick: RBK 7K Pro return (H-17)
Secondardy stick: RBK 7K Pro return (H-17)
Third stick: Bauer X:40 (PM9)

Using the X:40 for now while it's still under warranty. After the 30 days it'll be the back up for my back up

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01-21-2010, 03:49 PM
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I like having the same stick in case I actually need to use it. I find a stick I like and go with it. For sure this for games.

For pickup, I might carry a couple different ones if I'm experimenting or trying to find something that works better than what I'm currently using.

This has been the case while I've been trying to find the "right" stick for me after getting back into the game after 15 years and all the sticks are different now.

I finally found what I wanted and bought two of the same today to have my main and backup be the same.

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01-21-2010, 03:51 PM
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I use one of my old sticks. That way if I need to go to it, it's something I'm familiar with and have used in the past.

Primary is a Easton Synergy II with a Dolo2 blade.

Back up is a Vapor XXX-Lite shaft with a Dolo2 blade.

If one of those breaks I have a few older OPS's that I bring as a back up.

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I have like 10 secondary sticks. Sometimes, I take one wrist shot and one slap shot stick, for playing D on the PP.

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Primary: Bauer Vapour X:40 77 flex P106
Backup: Nike Bauer Supreme One55 (OPS) ~90 flex P92

'Sloppy Seconds':
Sherwood woodie
Nike Bauer One55 woodie P106
CCM Vector 04 woodie Ovechkin

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I have like 10 secondary sticks. Sometimes, I take one wrist shot and one slap shot stick, for playing D on the PP.
I actually tried that a few times at drop-in. One long stick for defence, one shorter stick for offence.

It was too confusing, though, and I kept getting in situations where the stick just didn't match my needs.

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I took an 11 year break from hockey between 10 and 21, which was last winter, so every stick I've bought has been almost completely different from the last as I try to figure out the right one for me.

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I use one of my old ones, currently using an Easton ST junior flex Heatley curve, then my backup is either a Bauer XVI junior flex P88, or a two piece XVI intermediate shaft with Heatley blade. So either the flex or the curve is the same, depending on which stick I bring.

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Primary stick: Vapor XXXX 75 flex, p12
Secondary: Easton Synergy 2 piece, Sakic 85
Secondary: Same as above.

I grab one of the two secondarys, they were my interchangeable primaries before. One uses the shaft from a broken OPS, One uses a purchased shaft. They're mixed as to shaft and blade generation, they're SL and Elite mixes. One shaft and one blade of each, And I don't know which blade is in which shaft.

But yeah, my backup is just my old stick.

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01-21-2010, 07:19 PM
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I had a hard time answering this as you read you will see why lol.

My backup is my old stick BUT is a different pattern, different flex. It is also a cheaper stick that is a One55 shaft with a pro-stock RBK compo blade in it.

It is a heavier stick as the One55 shafts are hefty but very durable.

I also have an exact same Harrow shaft as an alternate stick and has a different blade pattern, this is because sometimes I want to use that stick as my main stick instead of the other Harrow main stick I use.

So basically the cheaper One55 shaft with pro-stock blade acts as backup for both Harrow sticks.

Why I do not just bring both Harrow top sticks with me? Well I hate to say it but I cannot trust people with the spare lying around behind the bench or in the lockeroom .... if someone steals my backup it would not hurt as much as my main stick being lifted.

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i used to use 2 of the same sticks but now what i do is keep two different blade patterns. normally i use a forsberg curve because i think i pass slightly better with it. for my back up i use a heatly and use it whenever i play offense because i can get the puck higher easier in front of the net. both are same sticks otherwise (easton synergy's 100 flex)

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I had a hard time answering this as you read you will see why lol.

My backup is my old stick BUT is a different pattern, different flex. It is also a cheaper stick that is a One55 shaft with a pro-stock RBK compo blade in it.

It is a heavier stick as the One55 shafts are hefty but very durable.

I also have an exact same Harrow shaft as an alternate stick and has a different blade pattern, this is because sometimes I want to use that stick as my main stick instead of the other Harrow main stick I use.

So basically the cheaper One55 shaft with pro-stock blade acts as backup for both Harrow sticks.

Why I do not just bring both Harrow top sticks with me?Well I hate to say it but I cannot trust people with the spare lying around behind the bench or in the lockeroom .... if someone steals my backup it would not hurt as much as my main stick being lifted.
I think I would find another rink to play at. Or just woop someone's ass!

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I think I would find another rink to play at. Or just woop someone's ass!
I think people are pretty much ***** everywhere. I play everywhere so it fits.

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Primary: NB Supreme One95 INT 67 PM9
Backup: NB Vapor XVI INT 67 PM9

My backup is basically a super-cheap version of my primary, so if my primary breaks I don't get all screwed up by using something with a different curve. The weight difference is significant, though.

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I will say this summer I'd like to pick up one of the new ST's as they'll be coming out in 75 flex with the new Chara curve (rumor has it it's like a closed Sakic).

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I think people are pretty much ***** everywhere. I play everywhere so it fits.
Wow.

It's funny... I've heard of wallets, cash, clothing, and various electronics being stolen from hockey rinks before (I used to live in a pretty sketchy community) but never once have I seen or heard of an incident where a player's hockey-related stuff was stolen.


To be honest, I think I'd be happy if my backup were stolen one day. It would give me a chance to buy a better stick.

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Very interesting poll...

I use my old stick...

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I started playing Ice hockey this year and just bought all my equipment this year, So I didnt feel like breaking the bank to much this winter on sticks quite yet

Currently my Primary is a 95 Flex TPS R3 OPS
and my secondary is a 90 Flex TPS RN61 OPS

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my main stick is a prostock easton ST (85-90ish flex) with the Russia 18 blade pattern.

backup is a reebok 6k two piece (100+ flex) with an Iginla easton blade on it.

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