Stick Blade Curving
Hockey stick manufacturers are unable to provide consistent curves for every model of stick produced. Sporting goods stores are unable to carry every manufacturer's product available in today's market.  Anyone who has ever played the game can relate to the difficulty of finding sticks off the rack that have the same (consistent) curve.  When purchasing hockey sticks you can always find the shaft stiffness and lie, but it is almost impossible to find the stiffness, lie, and curve.  Curving the stick blade is virtually the only adjustment one can make to a hockey stick.  Many players record their curve specifications and reproduce it on subsequent blades.  Identical curves are possible on your stick blade throughout the season.
To view some existing stick curve data of NHL stars, Click on the chart to the left.  
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Curve Chart
The lie of a stick is defined as the angle between the shaft and the blade.  Sticks are available in lies ranging from 5 to 9.  The lower the number, the smaller the angle. A "lie 5" stick has a shaft that is in fact at a 45 angle to the playing surface.  Each full number increase in lie adds 1.5 to the angle.  To quickly determine if you are using the correct lie, examine the bottom of your used hockey stick.  Premature wear near the heel suggests a lie that is too low while wear closer to the toe indicates a lie that is too high.  By using a hockey stick with the correct lie, players will transfer maximum power to the puck during each shot, have a quicker shot release and better puck control.
Composite Sticks and Shafts
Contrary to popular belief, composite sticks and shafts are not designed for durability, but for performance! Some  advantages of using composite sticks and shafts include decreased weight, increased shot velocity, lower kick-point for quicker release and improved accuracy.  These advantages are a result of greater consistency in production.  When composite sticks and shafts are produced, controlled manufacturing processes help to create the desired performance characteristic of each stick and shaft.  Using these processes enables stick companies to re-create the same performance characteristics in each individual stick and shaft they produce.
A major ingredient of shooting performance is controlling the directional and torsional flex of a stick.  Selecting a stick with the best flex rating for your style and strength will greatly enhance your performance.  Heavier or stronger players with hard shots should use an extra-stiff shaft.  Players with a little less shot hardness, weight and strength should use a stiff shaft, while players with average shots and strength would see best results with a medium flex shaft.
Goal Sticks - Curved or Straight
Let's consider the pros and cons of a curved goal stick.  The main benefit to a curved stick is improved puck handling and shooting.  The trade-offs include more difficult pokechecks, the puck can easily slide under the blade in the backhand position and rebounds are harder to control off a curved surface than a flat surface. It is recommended that younger goalies (11 years of age and younger), beginners or recreational goalies use straight sticks.
Goal Sticks - Lie
The lie of the goal stick is the measure of the angle between the blade and the shaft/paddle.  The higher the number the closer the blocker hand will be to the body when the stick blade is flat on the ice.  Unfortunately there is no standard unit of measure between manufacturers so no recommendation for lie selection is available.  The lie of your stick is based primarily on personal preference.
Goal Sticks - Paddle Length
To determine the paddle length you need, stand in your stance with the blade of the stick flat on the ice.  Your blocker should be positioned between your waist and the bottom knee roll of your goal pad.  If the blocker is too low a goaltender will lean forward, be unbalanced and have difficulty stopping high shots.  If the blocker is too high the goaltender will have difficulty stopping low shots and stick control.
Goal Sticks - Shaft Length
To determine the shaft length you require, grip your stick as you would during a game and stand in your stance with your skates on.  When the blade is flat on the ice the shaft should not be higher than your shoulder.  Be sure to select a stick that meets your length requirements without cutting.  Goal sticks are built to balance and cutting the shaft can compromise the stick's balance point.