Saturday, October 22, 2011

Floorballcentral have tested the new Hockey Canada Floorball stick.


This is our verdict.
First, the tester is not a Hockey player and the tester is not an elite Floorball player only an experienced recreational Floorball player.

First Impression,
This is a beautiful stick. It gives a very credible appearance and it is designed well both in terms of graphical elements, colors as well in the choice of the blade, grip and the shaft used, both components are well-approved in other similar designs. The only thought that comes to mind is that perhaps the stick carries too many messages, with too many logos.
I myself would have preferred to see only the Hockey Canada logo on this stick - to make their commitment and the license stand out a bit. Of course a comment like this is mainly based upon my own very personal taste.

Playability,
I have not scored as many goals for a very long time as before the session when I tried this stick. I honestly did not keep track of my scoring but I probably scored 7-9 goals during the almost two hour session we played. If this relates to the stick or not - I do not know. Otherwise this is without no doubt a stick developed for Hockey Players. I played with the longest version 101 cm (almost 40 inch) and as a stick, this one is a tad bit too long for my personal taste. Yes, as I measure it towards my bellybutton it is a bit too high above it. I also suspect the length makes me slightly slower and two times the shaft got tangled into my t-shirt. Maybe my T-shirt was too big too? Otherwise the stick feels sturdy and stiff to me - something that most definitely relates to my other regular sticks I am used to. I found the playability to be superb and the reach very very good, and yes as said I scored tonnes of goals.

Conclusion,
This is a great stick, in particular if a player have some Hockey related background. It is priced at a very reasonable level, at approx 55 dollars in both Canada and the USA. I say that the buyer will have a stick that performs extremely well in the very important aspect of price/performance. 
It is not a too advanced stick, nor the first entry level stick, but a highly clever choice for a Hockey player that wants to play decent Floorball. I give this stick my strong recommendations and would most likely rate this stick as at 4,5 out of 5 stars - the main reason for me not give the stick the highest rating is related to the fact that I had a feeling that it was a bit long for me. It is therefore also fair for me to say that this stick is made and available in a shorter version too. But since I have not tested that stick I can not have an opinion. The stick comes also as a righty or lefty design.

Both Floorballpro.com and Floorballplanet.com carry these sticks and you may order one by just clicking on the ad on this blog.

Final comment; It is more than supercool to sport a Floorball stick that is licensed by Hockey Canada. It does not just provide the player with his/hers own personal glory - it also provides glory to Hockey Canada - that fully understands the value of Floorball for Hockey players.

If you plan to buy only one Floorball stick this year - this is the one you need!
The Image?
It is an autograph, by Mark Messier, on the Hockey Canada stick I am talking about. Credit goes to Floorballplanet for the Photo.
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!