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Banana-Blade Hockey Sticks The blades on hockey sticks used to be completely straight. In 1927, Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators briefly experimented with a blade he had curved using hot water. Nothing came of it. Four decades later, Stan Mikita of the Chicago Blackhawks partially broke the blade of one of his sticks during a practice. He took a shot with it for kicks. Voila! The puck did some fancy dancing through the air much like a knuckleball does. Mikita and teammate Bobby Hull began experimenting with different versions--some with ridiculous curves they dubbed 'banana blades.' Although they had some obvious drawbacks--accurate passing and backhand shots were much more difficult--the warped pieces of wood immediately became formidable weapons. Of course, the banana blades were universally despised by goalies because the netminders had no idea where the puck was headed. (In all honesty, neither did the shooters!) In an era when some goalies didn't wear masks, there was a serious risk of injury, so the extreme blades were outlawed. Today a curve of only 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch is permitted in organized hockey. A hockey ref once told me that if you put a dime on its edge and it fits under the blade of a stick, the curve is illegal.
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Added: 29th November 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-11-29 
I can personally attest to the effectiveness of a curved hockey stick to bamboozle goatenders. I played in a boys' floor hockey league for years. We used sticks with plastic blades. I always cruved the blade on my stick about one inch. One game I scored 11 goals--most of which came on wildly dancing wrist shots--in my team's 13-4 win.
Posted by: Steve on 2010-11-29 
Wow do I remember this now! I remember in the early 70s playing hockey, you had to have a curved blade.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2010-11-29 
The curved blade was hockey's version of the spitball.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2010-11-30 
I remember my old Northland wooden curved stick. Best Christmas ever!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-11-30 
There was nothing better than a street hockey game with your buddies after school or on a weekend afternoon. I still see them happen occasionally, but not as much as when I was a kid.

Remember, Marty: Shoot low to the goalie's glove-hand side for the best results!
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