Street Hockey vs. Ice Hockey Sticks
Should you weigh the same points when you’re buying a street hockey or an ice hockey stick? Not exactly. Choosing an ice hockey stick is a decision about which type of material will last and perform well during play. But choosing a street hockey stick—which you’ll subject again and again to unforgiving outdoor surfaces—is more about the material that gives you the most bang for your buck.
Key Considerations for Buying a Street Hockey Stick
Key Considerations for Buying an Ice Hockey Stick
Street Hockey Stick Details
Depending on how serious you are about the game, choosing a street hockey stick boils down to your wallet. Asphalt and concrete will chew up a street hockey stick blade, so dropping a bunch of money on a high-end twig just doesn’t make much sense. You’ll risk cracking and splintering wood and composite blades on the street, as well. ABS plastic blades can be paired with wood or composite sticks to give you the best of both worlds. Some street hockey players take an old stick with a bad blade and add an ABS blade for street play. You can buy sticks in the $15 to $25 range to use outdoors, that come with ABS plastic blades but wood or composite shafts. There are additional options for players who want to take their ice hockey stick and use it for street hockey without damaging the blade. Products such as the Hockey Wrap Around allow you to protect your ice hockey stick by attaching a plastic guard to the blade of your stick. Products like this make it easy to transition from ice to street surfaces.
Ice Hockey Stick Details
Sticks used in ice hockey are subjected to much more stress than street hockey sticks, and the quality of the stick shaft and blade can make a difference. The right size stick with the correct shaft flex and blade profile for your game should guide your decision about choosing an ice hockey stick. The better quality stick you can afford may provide better performance, with faster shots and better feel of the puck.
While many old ice hockey sticks can be used for street hockey, the opposite is not true. An ABS blade on a street hockey stick would not work for ice hockey because of the weight of the puck and the speed at which a puck moves on the ice. And ABS blades won’t stand up to the abuse they must take in ice hockey. So if you’re just stepping on the ice one time for fun and don’t want to buy a new stick, sure, use your street hockey stick. But there really is no comparison between street hockey and ice hockey sticks when it comes to the quality of materials.