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Goalie Stick Buying Guide - Goalie Stick Sizing

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Now that we know the ideal materials of the stick, we have to find out what is the correct sizing. There are three categories of sticks to consider : Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Junior sticks are the smallest in size, designed for goalies up to 12 years of age. Intermediate sticks are slightly longer and bigger than the Junior sticks and are for goalies between 11 and 15 years of age. Senior sticks are the largest and meant for goalies 15+. Keep in mind the age ranges are dependent on individiual height. 

Once you have selected the appropriate stick category for you, you must then choose a paddle length. The paddle length is important as it will dictate how high your blocker will be from the ice. If you choose a stick with a paddle length that is too short, the heel of the stick will not be in constant contact with the ice. The goaltender may hold his blocker too low for comfort to compensate for the inadequate length of the paddle. 

goalie stick paddle too short

On the other hand, if the paddle length is too long, the tip of the stick will not be in contact with the ice. The goaltender may hold his blocker too high for comfort to compensate for the length of the paddle.

goalie stick paddle too long

It is therefore important to choose the correct length of paddle to ensure the stick is in constant contact with the ice and increase the chances of stopping pucks. Don't be afraid to bring your skates in the store and wear them while trying out sticks. Get into position with the stick and look down at your stick to see if the blade makes contact with the floor.

Finally, the curve in the blade should be shaped to the preference of the goaltender. The shape is truly a personal preference but only really comes into play when shooting or passing the puck which does not occur extremely often.

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Jean-Michel Roy

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