Why Not Wood?
So I'm watching the Caps and Pens tonight, and I see Pittsburgh score the first goal of the game on a power play, an effort aided by the fact Washington penalty killer Brooks Laich had his stick broken by a shot just before the goal was scored by Sidney Crosby. Nothing looks more awkward than a fellow trying to kill a penalty with no stick.
Big deal, right? A zillion sticks get busted a game, sometimes wrecking golden scoring opportunities.
But, I says to myself, a penalty killer doesn't necessarily need the benefits these fancy new carbon fibre/plutonium/kryptonite weapons give your everyday player when he's trying to score or shoot.
He just needs to kill the penalty.
So why not wood? Why wouldn't guys on the PK use wooden sticks, far less likely to be broken, and then switch back to the uranium models they usually use for 5-on-5 play or power play duty?
Surely, your garden variety penalty killer can ice the puck just as well with a wooden stick, and if a shorthanded scoring opportunity does come up, well, they used to score with wood, didn't they?
And you'd never have to worry about getting stuck out there with a busted stick. Well, almost never.
Just an idea. No charge.