February 20, 2009
Should We Return To All Wooden Sticks?
This is Wayne Gretzky's old wooden Titan stick he used back in Edmonton. When I was a kid everyone wanted one. Everyone wanted to be just like #99.
This is Wayne Gretzky's aluminum shaft/wooden blade Easton stick he used in Los Angeles and beyond. I'm not sure who actually used a non-wooden stick first, but it does not matter. Once Gretzky sported the shiny wand, everyone began changing to new age sticks, which of course have now evolved into the controversial composite sticks of today. Again, everyone wanted to be just The Great One.
So it is highly ironic that the man who may be most responsible (if indirectly) for the evolution of sticks suggested last season that maybe the NHL should ban all new age sticks and go back to wood.
"They should go back to wooden sticks. If it was good enough for Bobby Orr, it should be good enough for everybody."
That's my poll question this week. Look to the side bar and tell me, should we return to all wooden sticks?