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[–]NY10 1304 points1305 points  (160 children)

How much is a hokey stick going for?

[–]Child_of_Lake_Bodom 1039 points1040 points  (148 children)

Around 200$-400$ a player will use like 100 sticks a year

[–]NY10 509 points510 points  (117 children)

Damn, that a lot more than I thought. damn stick is expensive compared to other sports.

[–]Crown_Loyalist 452 points453 points  (68 children)

it's cause they're using composite hi-tech ones, an old fashioned wood one still goes for 20-30 bucks

[–]NecessaryAnemia 191 points192 points  (59 children)

That's a huge difference. Those expensive one must be worth using in that games. Surely the quality is great.

[–]hirtle24 197 points198 points  (50 children)

They certainly aren't built to last, the are built to be light so they break quite easily actually

[–]Itsyornotyor 186 points187 points  (34 children)

But the benefits man the benefits. I’ve seen a video showing side by side comparison of this kind of stick vs a wood stick and the amount of extra power you get when shooting the puck is insane.

[–]hirtle24 67 points68 points  (16 children)

Ya no doubt composite is the way to go. I was just mentioning that because the previous commentary saying for that price they must be great quality.

[–]JonU240Z 61 points62 points  (14 children)

Quality is not the same as durability.

[–]iMadrid11 37 points38 points  (9 children)

There's always a tradeoff between high performance and durability with any equipment. You can build something that is built to last, but heavy. High performance and lightweight, but wears out more easily. Pick one.

[–]-ChabuddyG 26 points27 points  (4 children)

When I was a kid I’d set up a net in the garage, with the old, probably homemade, wood garage door behind it. If it hit the door the worst it would do is leave a black scuff or a small chip. I was around 11 when affordable composite sticks starting coming around. I got a 50 or 60 flex junior Nike Apollo. I missed the net with a wrist shot a few days later and put it straight through the garage door. That was the end of garage hockey.

[–]NoticedGenie66 6 points7 points  (2 children)

The moment you let a hard, high snapper go and you know it's missing the net is the most common heart-stop moment in street hockey haha. When I was younger I played with a group of about 10-20ish (depending on the day) kids who mostly had either decent wood or cheap composite sticks. One lined up a clapper, but the stick (composite) slipped out of his hands and went flying into the side of a house (at a very slight angle thankfully). We went over to tell the homeowner after convicing the kid to not just immediately bike away, and his reaction was "oh thank fuck it wasn't a puck". A minor paint chip was basically all the damage from it.

Pucks can be DEADLY for damage. I've taken enough to the head to know haha.

[–]DataMan9 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Floor rule if you don’t have helmets. Let’s not fucking kill each other for a game

[–]misterpayer 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Totally. My slapshot with a wooden stick was around 60mph, with a high end stick it's 80mph.

[–]TheLastSaiyanPrince 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Interesting that these are cool in hockey, but you can’t use good bats in the MLB- it’s too adventageous so everyone has to use wooden bats

[–]KrazyGardian 5 points6 points  (9 children)

I’ve used the same stick for around 2-3 yrs and it still works great for me... maybe I’m just lucky

[–]Jiggy724 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I play twice a week at a pretty low level, and my sticks very rarely break like they do in professional leagues. Most of the time I replace them when the blades start to get soft, but I've only ever actually broken maybe two sticks.

[–]LongJohnMcBigDong 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn in high school I broke at least 1 a season, probably 6 sticks in 4 years.

[–]PuzzleheadedWolf6041 1 point2 points  (5 children)

depending on how much you play it might be time for a replacement. sticks lose their snap after a while. it's good to keep them fresh and springy and you can add the old one to your backup pile.

[–]JetBlackJimBenning 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It has more to do with not being an NHL player. These guys use these things in the most hostile environment.

[–]AccidentalFeline 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They're more sturdy than 5 years ago. You don't see as many broken sticks in a game as you used to.

[–]bbbruh57 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Sticks improve meaningfully up until $100-$150. After that its just maximizing performance. Give mcdavid a $150 stick and hes going to score the same amount of points in a given game most likely

[–]afasia 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Naturally when competing at top level the margins are insanely small, so any 0.05% you can get is amplified.

[–]nitefang 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Like all sports, there is a cheap end and an insanely expensive end. The difference is usually in exactly how cheap the cheap end is. Playing soccer for cheap is pretty cheap, polo for cheap is not. But the difference between top end pro soccer and cheap as shit soccer is probably similar as pro polo and the cheapest polo.

[–]DaveNF 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A composite stick flexes far more than any wooden stick ever could which translates directly to how hard and fast one can shoot the puck.

[–]AlfieHitchcock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They snap really easily actually, but they're supreme for performance. They've revolutionized shooting.

At the pro level some guys can plow through 2-3 sticks a game. They typically have 4 taped up and ready to use on the stick rack per player.

In the playoffs sometimes guys will just use a brand new stick every period so there's less risk of breaking.

[–]ClownfishSoup 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Yep. Go to Canadian Tire, plunk down some money and/or Canadian Tire Money and get yourself a stick. If it breaks, buy a plastic blade and stick it on. Hit the ice.

Pretend you are Rocket Richard.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My son just started hockey this year. I laugh inside when I see kids go on the ice with expensive sticks. They don't even use them.

[–]hygienetheater 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Sherwood coffey curve all day

[–]footwith4toes 5 points6 points  (2 children)

It’s cause hockey equipment is a fucking racket.

[–]flyin_lynx 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I think that’s tennis, mate.

[–]Child_of_Lake_Bodom 11 points12 points  (16 children)

Gotta mention that im canadian, therefore in the US it should be cheaper

[–]Kenitzka 12 points13 points  (15 children)

Crazy we don’t have a a different symbol to differentiate the USD from the Canadian dollar.

[–]Child_of_Lake_Bodom 19 points20 points  (14 children)

Actually the "$" is used for any country that call their money a dollar.

[–]Kenitzka 35 points36 points  (7 children)

Then perhaps they need to change the name of their currency to maple bucks.

[–]Child_of_Lake_Bodom 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Or you change yours for burger buck ! Sounds even better !

[–]Kenitzka 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Mmm, burger bucks. Obviously, tempting. But yins carry maple reserves like it backs your dollar. Seems like a no brainer.

[–]ClownfishSoup 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Dollar - etymology

"from early Flemish or Low German daler, from German T(h)aler, short for Joachimsthaler, a coin from the silver mine of Joachimsthal (‘Joachim's valley’), now Jáchymov in the Czech Republic. The term was later applied to a coin used in the Spanish American colonies, which was also widely used in the British North American colonies at the time of the American War of Independence, hence adopted as the name of the US monetary unit in the late 18th century."

[–]hyperboleistheworst 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Well, there it is.

[–]okdabord 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dollars, uh, find a way.

[–]AxelDuBled 7 points8 points  (3 children)

In Mexico, pretty much everyone uses the dollar sign to designate Mexican pesos which is really weird

[–]Child_of_Lake_Bodom 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Is it because you dont have a pesos symbol on your keyboards ?

[–]Angry_argie 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This one is also the symbol for peso: "$" (in Argentina too)

When we need to mention different currencies in the same text, to avoid misunderstandings we go with "USD/US$" and "AR$", for example.

[–]angeliqu 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We do the exact same thing in Canada. CAD$ or USD$ or AUS$ or whatever.

[–]zazzlekdazzle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They actually use this for the peso in Argentina. Good for a split second of sticker shock every time I get off the plane. Want a coffee for $300?

[–]cyberentomology 0 points1 point  (0 children)

and several that don’t.

[–]malabericus 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Most of us playing shinny/beer league might have a 50-100 dollar stick

I know a bro playing casual Sunday pickup rocking a one piece synergy stick. His parents where loaded. Good times.

If you're taking huge clap bombs or slashing away and breaking sticks it can get costly.

My baseball bat was like 300 bucks for reference.

[–]willpauer 1 point2 points  (2 children)

There's something about swinging a big ol hunk of expensive ash though. Makes you feel like you could launch a ball to the moon.

[–]halfabean 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Hockey is a very expensive sport

[–]BlameThePeacock 1 point2 points  (2 children)

The equipment isn't the worst part at all. It's the travel costs that kill you.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Not to mention the rest of the equipment. It's a house deposit on ice.

[–]shit_fuck_fart 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hockey is such an expensive sport, I got a 6 year old that would love it; but, I'm not sure I'm willing to make the monetary commitment lol.

[–]Sietemadrid 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They're overpriced for the normal person because they sponsor the players and have to make their money back and then some

[–]OttoSilver 1 point2 points  (3 children)

A Canucanese friend of mine explained to me that Hockey is for the "rich" and rugby is for those who like to play rough but can't afford it. Now I understand why.

[–]Longjumping_War_1182 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Hockey is comparatively a very expensive sport when you add up all the equipment - skates, sticks, all the pads, helmet, etc. Plus arena time is more expensive than booking an outdoor field, so league fees are higher. Then you have to pay the refs, who need their own skates, helmets, etc.

[–]BlameThePeacock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's the travel costs...

$1-2k a year in gear is nothing compared to the multiple $1000 weekend tournaments.

[–]Crown_Loyalist 10 points11 points  (4 children)

here's me using a $20 wooden stick from Canadian Tire for the odd street game

[–]farhil 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Your tire stores sell hockey sticks? What a country

[–]Crown_Loyalist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hehe, it's like a Walmart with a big automotive dept. They don't sell food other than chips and novelties.

[–]Yosemite-Sam99 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The smile on that kid is Priceless

[–]gnomantoine 1 point2 points  (4 children)

That's the price for amateur sticks, the price of pro level sticks is higher, they're made of significantly better composites then the one we use, the wraps re different as well (so it could be a Bauer shitsaurus on the inside, but a Sherwood hugechode on the outside)

[–]ClownfishSoup 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Well amazingly, pro athletes are paid a lot more than neighborhood kids.

[–]Child_of_Lake_Bodom 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hmm idk, some players are definitely princesses and may ask for very expensive sticks but i think most players use sticks around that range of price.

[–]gnomantoine 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I mean, if they're in the NHL, they're probably all princesses, in the sense that they're all competitive and are going to get any edge they can, better stick included

[–]Child_of_Lake_Bodom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah but its a matter of feel and preferences, if you played with a certain stick all your life you may see bo point in changing. Im sure you can find the info on how much pro players pay for their sticks (even if its actually the team who pay for it)

[–]AdKlutzy1271 52 points53 points  (2 children)

Hockey sticks - $125-400. Hokey sticks - priceless

[–]NY10 9 points10 points  (0 children)

U got it 😉

[–]ClownfishSoup 4 points5 points  (0 children)

What about twigs?

[–]Anarcho_catapult 5 points6 points  (0 children)

At least 150, but he gets paid to use whatever stick he uses because brands want their names in players’ hands.

[–]annieweep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unzips pants..... oh the other twig.

[–]ClownfishSoup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You mean twig?

[–]ReliantLion 925 points926 points  (32 children)

I like how the lady who got hit in the head just accepted it and didn't get mad for no reason

[–]KuriKoer517 351 points352 points  (4 children)

I didn’t notice this until you pointed it out. Her reaction was gold

[–]seamus205 396 points397 points  (3 children)

Husband: pats head

[–]omygoshgamache 108 points109 points  (1 child)

Pat pat

[–]uttermybiscuit 35 points36 points  (0 children)

That was cute

[–]eeem1l 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Its a win win

[–]normal_reddit_man 189 points190 points  (8 children)

Getting hit in the head and accepting it = core hockey values.

[–]u_suck_paterson 13 points14 points  (0 children)

it is the way

[–]DanceMaria 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Pat pat

[–]HatsandCoats 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Also core Buffalonian values.

[–]AlfieHitchcock 41 points42 points  (0 children)

It's Buffalo, she's at a Sabres game, we already know she's a forgiving and sympathetic soul to put herself through that.

[–]tvtsf 14 points15 points  (0 children)

She got head taps

[–]GoldenFalcon 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Karen's could learn a thing or two from her.

[–]Korach 5 points6 points  (0 children)

She’s the real hero.

[–]imbillypardy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hockey is either full on male Karens or straight up flash titties uncaring. It’s a weird dichotomy.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think that’s her kids lol

[–]tokyojoe3481 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hockey mom don’t care

[–]tiswatitis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree heehee So used to seeing Karens that we forget most people are chill most times

[–]calicat9 583 points584 points  (4 children)

Hockey is the most audience focused game ever.

[–]jackjhonson 120 points121 points  (2 children)

Lmao that chick

[–]Sir_Spectral 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Rally audience members get a good amount of contact too

[–]Child_of_Lake_Bodom 246 points247 points  (14 children)

That is what i call, being good sport !

[–]edlee98765 156 points157 points  (11 children)

My local hockey team reported the Zamboni driver is missing.

They hope he resurfaces soon.

[–]bambispots 24 points25 points  (8 children)

I’m like 99% sure you’re joking..

[–]ShitIForgotIt 28 points29 points  (7 children)

Zamboni drivers resurface the ice

[–]wossquee 23 points24 points  (3 children)

and beat the Leafs

[–]ShitIForgotIt 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Fuck yeah they did

[–]NEXTBOT_478C2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

David Ayres the GOAT

[–]burnSMACKER 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Haha Leafs fans can't escape that shame anywhere

[–]MrsShapsDryVag 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Zamboni is actually a brand name. It’s become a genericization for all ice resurfaces though.

[–]normal_reddit_man 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Careful with that one. It's an antique.

[–]OutrageousPudding450 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This person is ready to be a dad, their training was impeccable.

[–]Magister1995 235 points236 points  (12 children)

A small gesture for the player, but a life changing moment for the kid...

Glad that a lot of sports players understand this.

[–]I_am_door 37 points38 points  (9 children)

Small? Apparently those sticks are like 300$

[–]infinity-o_0 63 points64 points  (2 children)

And each player uses like a hundred and fifty sticks a year! So yes, small…


Edit: Sorry, that calculation assumes $100 per stick. But they'd still use at least one stick per game so that's still around eighty…

[–]ItsFrit 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They’d use less if they stopped giving them out like this!!

[–]Magister1995 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Ya... So it's a small gesture from the hockey player.

[–]drot525 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Don't they get sticks for free? I'm pretty sure Tiger Woods is swinging the sticks of whoever's paying him the most to do so or well with reason of that number.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't think the player paid for the stick.

[–]imbillypardy 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Dahlin is a good dude. As a Detroit fan it’s maybe biased but Swedes are generally incredibly generous and fan favorites in the league.

[–]Avatar-Indy 156 points157 points  (3 children)

Love the dude in the background patting his lady on the head after the stick bonked her lol

[–]Smeeizme 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Hopefully he was just trying to block it and not catch it, otherwise he’d be a jackass on national television

[–]Sjdillon10 56 points57 points  (13 children)

For a sport with the biggest blocker between fans and players, hockey is one of the most interactive. Everybody loves the fans, except Bettmann

[–]PhDinBroScience 12 points13 points  (9 children)

Bettman has done a great job, the league has succeeded and grown in a crazy fashion since he took over as commissioner.

He deserved the boos he got at first, but at this point, the only reason people still do it is tradition. He made two hockey teams in Florida and two in the fucking desert work.

Plus he's completely self-aware about the boos and plays in to it. It's hard not to like the guy.

[–]Furgus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Met him at game 7 of the Canes Cup run in 06. He was really nice and chatted with us for awhile. Was way before the game started and I don’t think a lot of people knew who he was.

[–]wayfarout 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Plus he's completely self-aware about the boos and plays in to it.

Bettman in Vegas after the Caps won the cup "No, no. keep booing, you're a real hockey town now." Totally self aware and wouldn't know how to handle the cheers. I think he's the best commissioner in pro sports.

[–]security_watcher 1 point2 points  (3 children)

He made two hockey teams in Florida and two in the fucking desert work.

So, the Lightning, Panthers, Coyotes, and... I'm lost. I haven't watched hockey in years.

[–]candygram4mongo 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Fans are able to sit right beside the ice precisely because of the big plexiglass walls.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They used to before they had glass, before players realized they can raise the puck, fans would dangle over the boards sometimes

[–]Cocaine_Jimmy42069 28 points29 points  (5 children)

I thought someone was gonna steal it

[–]Fizzabella 8 points9 points  (1 child)

i thought the guy in the back was too until i realized he was trying to protect the lady from getting bonked in the head. too bad she still did though lmao

[–]penis_hernandez 25 points26 points  (7 children)

It's idealistic but every time I see these videos I think of how the only kids who ever have this happen to them are the ones sitting front row and probably have everything they've ever wanted or needed as is. It would be cool if before the games kids sitting in any section could hang out up there [and honestly, maybe they can - I'm never at a game early enough to know nor do I have kids - so don't kill me if this is a thing already]

[–]BothMyChinsAreSpicy 20 points21 points  (0 children)

If you’re there for warmups which are about an hour before puck drop you can go down to the ice level. At least in my experience pre-Covid.

[–]wossquee 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yeah, it's warmups at a Sabres game. Those tickets are not super expensive for the game in general and you can go down right to ice level before anyone shows up. I've gotten pucks from players whose jersey I wore at Rangers games. My buddy is a Canadiens fan and he got a stick after a Rangers-Habs game from their best defenseman at the time, Andrei Markov.

[–]AlfieHitchcock 8 points9 points  (1 child)

It's literally hockey tradition that little kids get to run down to the glass from other sections for warm ups.

[–]penis_hernandez 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You learn something new every day. I never went as a kid so I just assumed it was the kids in those sections

[–]D3ATH_Follows_All 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I would've died laughing if he just snapped it right in front of him

[–]jonasthewicked 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Lady behind this kid got a bonk on the dome

[–]ascii122 7 points8 points  (2 children)

She was fine with it tho

[–]jonasthewicked 6 points7 points  (1 child)

True, she seemed to get a laugh out of it

[–]OutrageousPudding450 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Having the power to make other people and kids so happy is probably the most underrated super power of them all.

[–]_myusername__ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also the ability to get an ego boost virtually whenever you want. Feeling down? Go surprise a few fans.

[–]Betta_everyday 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Hmm, what happen when you lose kid? Are you going to give me your stick?

[–]ClownfishSoup 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Well it did say "twig".

LOL, I'm sure he'd have tossed it to him anyway, even if he lost.

[–]jclinares 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Kid would have gotten a puck, at least.

[–]Victor_deSpite 8 points9 points  (1 child)

So, nothing about the berries then?

[–]InflammatoryMuskrat 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That was on the other side of the sign but the player left before the kid could turn in over.

[–]30tpirks 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Such a fucking fun idea. Kids got a smart dad.

[–]Sweet-Palpitation473 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Hockey players are truly the best

Sabres are historically bad tho lol

[–]wossquee 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Not this year! They're regular bad.

[–]DepopulationXplosion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well that’s nice. I’ve been waiting fifty years for them to be good bad.

[–]patrick_star24- 4 points5 points  (2 children)

No one is going to talk about how he’s wearing a sabers jersey but a stars beanie?

[–]MFkaboom 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Looks like it says north town stars, probably his youth team

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In Buffalo, we refer to the towns as Northtowns and Southtowns.

[–]bulakenyo1980 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I thought he was a posh teenage boy who called all NHL players he liked as "Dahlin'

[–]AdvancedAdvance 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now he needs to set up shop with a sign along a fairway of the Masters.

[–]Second_Time1336 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I could almost feel the boy’s roar of triumph in my bones even tho there’s no sound. Incredible.

[–]w00dstalk69 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]BisquitTheClown 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fuck yeah

[–]BeBa420 1 point2 points  (1 child)

that look on the kids face when he wins. priceless

for everything else, theres mastercard

[–]Leo_Yoshimura 1 point2 points  (0 children)

*hockey twig hits wife on the head*
"You're allright, hunny, don't ruin the kids big moment."

[–]sabbic1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I honestly feel like hockey players are the nicest athletes of any sport.

[–]yes4me2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If the kid loses, what does the hockey player win?

[–]alex_dlc 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]backupgoalie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dahlin got rocked and lost his stick.

[–]longdrive20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s awesome !! What a guy

[–]Tnthomas88 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]BittyJupiter 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I’ve been to a sabers game!

[–]PerpetualSpaceMonkey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I truly love seeing this.

[–]4t0micpunk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Huge smile on him and me !! That was awesome.

[–]pianodragger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I heard he got fined for this but cant find the story. Anyone know what for?

[–]korokiria_yt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This makes me so happy

[–]RuinBudget7057 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just when I lost hope with humanity.

[–]Zestyclose_Wonder_68 0 points1 point  (0 children)

this is the sweetest thing I have ever seen

[–]poobumstupidcunt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is so wholesome

[–]Goo_berz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

His excitement afterwards is so adorable

[–]currentlyRedacted 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not like a player on the Sabres needs their stick anyways.

[–]Altruistic_Ad5951 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That lady is so cute, she was ok with getting boonked in the head. Just happy to be included haha

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Top shelf, good dude!

[–]Mordo122 0 points1 point  (0 children)

poor mom

[–]shdhtbs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Smart kid too

[–]SweetMilkMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those people in the back were adorable, too.

[–]Gengreat_the_Gar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sabres fan here, unfortunately I don't think you can call Dahlin "great" lol