Goalie Hockey Sticks

Just like many other aspects of a hockey goalie's equipment, goalie sticks are specially made for this difficult position. Goalie sticks, especially at the high school or younger level, are usually made of wood. Professionally, composite goalie sticks have begun to replace wooden goalie sticks.

With a wider blade and paddle area at the bottom of the shaft, goalie sticks are much larger and heavier than regular hockey sticks. The larger blade and extra paddle area help the goalie to block shots with a stick.

Goalie sticks typically have a bent blade for better puck control, as other players do. The curve in their stick is often designed to help lift the puck off the ice and get it closer to the opponent's goal. Occasionally, a goalie will even find the net and score on the opposite team.

A proper length is important when choosing goalie sticks. To determine this, stand in your skates and place the goalie sticks toe on the ground. The top of the shaft should reach between your chin and your nose. A shaft can also be cut down to the proper length.

Other goalie sticks criteria:

• The shaft of goalie sticks must have a knob of adhesive tape at least half an inch thick at the top.

• The blade can measure no more than 15 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.

• Goalie sticks typically have a lie (the angle between the shaft and the blade) of 11 to 15. Stand-up goalies may prefer to use a higher lie.

Goalie sticks look a bit different, and they are treated differently during a hockey game as well.

For example:
• When goalie sticks break, goalies must wait for another player to bring them another one, because if they leave the goal box, they will incur a penalty.

• Also, although every other player is not allowed to play with a broken stick, goalies are allowed to continue playing with a broken goalie stick until the game is stopped, or until a new stick is legally brought to them.

Because of the special position of the goalie, goalie sticks are built to be larger and more durable, and played with different guidelines for the game.