Video: Beer Leaguers try using Chara’s Stick

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Ever watched a Boston Bruins’ game and wondered, “man, that Chara is tall, does he play with a tree trunk?” Wonder no more; our friends at Pro Stock Hockey and How To Hockey have collaborated to bring us a video of a bunch of beer leaguers trying out Big Z’s stick:

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Hockey Blade Attributes: What You Need to Know

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A perfect hockey blade represents the difference between sinking a shot top shelf and ringing it off the iron. Much like the cut of a skate and the firmness of a pair of gloves, individual taste determines what blades do or do not make for a great match. Professional NHL players may spend hours practicing with different stick blades in order to get the exact fit for their skill sets, with as little as a quarter of an inch making a huge difference. While most stores won’t let you test drive different sticks, you can plan what blade will work best for your shot with a little bit of research.

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Pricing Out Protection: The Best Hockey Equipment On A Budget

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In 1979, the NHL laid down the law: All players signing new contracts had to wear helmets on the ice. This rule didn’t affect older players like Craig MacTavish, who was the last NHLer to play without protective headgear. Oilers fans used to joke that this explained some of his more … unique coaching decisions. The introduction of composite sticks to the league in 1994 made stepping on the ice even more of a risk; heavy hitters like Zdeno Chara were now able to send pucks screaming toward the net at over 105 miles per hour. Bottom line? Even if you play beer league or casual pick-up games, you need protection.

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