How to Build a Hockey Stick

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Building your own hockey stick for ice hockey play will give you a much better understanding of how this piece of sports equipment functions and will prepare you to play the game with more confidence. The length of ice hockey sticks depends on the height of the player using it. Professional players must use very specific regulations for stick construction, which you can emulate for a guiding pattern, but the home-built wooden hockey stick is more appropriate, and less expensive, for local, friendly games than the higher tech creations used in the “big leagues”.

Put on your skates. Measure the length from the bottom of your foot in its skate to your mouth with the tape measure.

Draw a hockey stick shape, or trace an existing stick, on a large piece of paper. Adjust the length to match the measurement from Step 1. Add the “L”-shaped piece at the bottom at the length that you want to use for the curving blade. The blade of the hockey stick is usually 13 inches long for regular players and 15 inches long for goalies. The width of the blade ranges from 2 to 3 inches for regular players and 3 1/2 to 4 inches for goalies.

Cut out the pattern. Attach the pattern to your piece of wood with tape. Put on protective goggles and gloves. Cut out the shape of the stick with the band saw.

Smooth down the entire cut-out stick with sandpaper, being careful not to take off too much mass. Make sure that you smooth and sand down the curves of the hockey stick.

Lacquer the stick with a heavy-duty outdoor varnish. Let the coat dry, and then repeat at least twice more.

Wrap the handle in tape if you feel it gives you a better grip.

Tips

According to the National Hockey League, “[n]o hockey stick shall exceed 63 inches in length, from the heel to the end of the shaft; nor more than inches 12 1/2 inches from the heel to the end of the blade. The blade of the hockey stick shall not be more than 3 inches in width at any point; nor less than 2 inches. All edges of the hockey blade shall be beveled. The curve must not exceed one half inch at any point on the blade. If it does, it shall be deemed an illegal stick and a minor penalty will be called against the player.”

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