- December 25, 2008
When trying to size an ice hockey player for a hockey stick, it can be difficult because every ice hockey player has their own personal preference as far as ice hockey stick size. There will be some ice hockey players that prefer to play with a short, light hockey stick while other ice hockey player prefer to play with longer, heavier hockey stick. However, in this article, we will attempt to address the beginning hockey player and give them an idea where to start in sizing their hockey stick.There are several different reasons you may want to use a longer or a shorter stick, a stiffer or a whippier one, and so on. A lot of these decisions can be reached by analyzing a few characteristics in the way you play ice hockey. You should take into account your ice hockey skating style as well as the position you play in ice hockey. Commonly, ice hockey defensemen favor a heavier, longer stick that makes it easy to endure rough play around the defensive net while also giving them length for poke checking the puck away from opposing ice hockey players. In opposition to this, may offensive players prefer to use a stick that is much shorter and lighter. A shorter and lighter stick gives an ice hockey player more freedom for quick release of shots and tighter, quicker stick handling moves. Another general thing you can look at is: Do you ice hockey skate upright or more hunched over? If you skate as more of a stand-up ice hockey player, you may want to go with a longer ice hockey stick to compensate, and then a shorter ice hockey stick if you skate low to the ice.
With all that said, I understand we probably have not actually helped you much in sizing your ice hockey stick, so let’s begin to actually size you. So you are in your local hockey shop and you have just purchased an ice hockey stick, and now they ask you to cut it. So where do you cut off the ice hockey stick? Well it’s pretty simple…
Stand straight up (in your shoes, NOT on your ice hockey skates), and hold the ice hockey stick up to you standing straight up as well. Where does the ice hockey stick come up on you? A very average height for an ice hockey stick while the ice hockey player is NOT on ice hockey skates would be for the ice hockey stick to come up to about the nose. For a young ice hockey player or a new ice hockey player it is almost a good rule to just cut the stick off at the nose. It is a very good starting ice hockey stick height for any beginning ice hockey player.
Now, as we talked about in the beginning of the article, some ice hockey players like a longer stick and some like a shorter stick. So, what does this mean? With the average ice hockey stick being up at a hockey player’s nose, a short ice hockey stick would come up to about a hockey player’s chin, while a long ice hockey stick would come up to about an ice hockey player’s eyebrows. For an ice hockey stick to be a shorter than the chin or any longer than the eyebrows, it may be a little extreme to actually play ice hockey with.
So if you are clueless with how tall your ice hockey stick should be, start with it being as tall as your nose when you are not on ice hockey skates. Then, as you get accustomed to playing ice hockey, make it a little shorter or longer, so you find what you prefer as an ice hockey player. Once you have sized your ice hockey stick, you will always be able to take into the hockey store with you when you buy a new ice hockey stick and ask them to cut it the height of the old ice hockey stick.
If you do not buy your ice hockey stock in a store, and you buy it, for example, online from a store like Hockey Giant, cutting the ice hockey stick down is as simple as using a hack saw. This task of cutting down the ice hockey stick with a hack saw is especially easy if you purchase a composite ice hockey stick. Also, when you order an ice hockey stick off of the Internet, you can usually bring it into your local hockey shop and they will most likely cut it for free or a very small fee.