From a 2009 article found on fortheloveofhockey.com:
STICK WORK: Dan Cleary and Wayne Gretzky are part of the reason Kris Draper has been more productive offensively of late. Draper switched to a new stick pattern earlier this month, scored a goal in his first game using his new stick on Feb. 12 against the Minnesota Wild, and has contributed five points over his last eight games. Draper had been using the same pattern, taken from a stick used by Steve Yzerman, for about the last decade.
Draper was playing around with one of Cleary’s sticks recently and decided to make a change. “It’s a Cleary curve,” Draper said. “I lowered my lie, so I have more blade on the ice. I really notice it in tight when the puck’s at my feet. It’s really easier to pick it up. When things aren’t going your way you look for changes, so I grabbed (Cleary’s) one day.”
When asked about the switch, Cleary joked that he had to take a little credit. “Not a lot, but partial. Enough to talk about,” Cleary said. “It’s Wayne Gretzky’s blade. When I was 15, my first game in junior, he sent me a stick. I cut it down, used it for warm-up and the blade was too straight. I put a little curve in it and went on and played junior with it my first two years and then I changed and went to something else. I remember my dad always had the blade.”
Here are the specs we have on those two blade patterns:
|Curve Type||Curve Depth||Face Angle||Lie||Toe Shape||Blade Length|
|Easton P1 Yzerman||Mid||Deep (9/16")||Neutral||6||Round||Medium|
|Easton Gretzky II||Mid-Toe||Moderate (1/2")||Slightly Open||4||Round||Long|
We can make custom blades just from specs, but if you can send us a blade or good pictures we can get a lot closer.
Thank you very much,
The Eleven Hockey Team
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