The Bannana Blade

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  1. straka91*

    straka91* Guest

    I dont know if this the right area to post this so if not, sorry.

    I have recently heard of the banana blade and that it was illegal to use in the NHL.

    Does anyone have any more insight about this blade type and why it gave some players an advantage?

    Thanks
     
  2. ThorNton Apologist

    ThorNton Apologist Jumbo needs a cup

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    Good for wrist shots. Just look at a deep toe curve. I perfer a straight blade. Easier to keep the puck down cuz i have trouble with shooting a few feet over the net
     
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    Pick up a cheapo Sherwood 5030 woody with a coffey curve and see for yourself.
     
  4. Jarick

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    That's just a term for a huge curve. When Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita were first curving sticks, they would put a massive curve on the blade and that would make shots harder and more unpredictable. The NHL limited the amount of curve because of injury concerns (and I guess a massive curve could cup the puck and create an unfair advantage).

    A big curve can make it easier to lift the puck and get more spin for more power, as well as make stickhandling and toe drags easier for some. I used to use one but found I prefer the big open heel wedge with a straight blade instead...just as easy to lift the puck and powerful shots, but better accuracy.

    BTW, love the avatar, Hull is my all-time favorite player.
     
  5. straka91*

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    Thanks for clearing that up for me.

    Yeah thanks, Hull was one of my favorites too. Amazing goal scorer.
     
  6. Jarick

    Jarick Doing Nothing

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    You might appreciate this, I got 99 Brett Hull hockey cards for Christmas as a gag gift :D
     
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    Yeah, this thing's pretty wicked...I've found it definitely gives me more control with my shots.
     
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    makes backhands pretty tough though
     
  9. Dump and Chase

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    Hull has his own display at the HHOF. There were a couple of his twigs in the display and I literally laughed out loud when I looked at the curve.


    Here is a blurry ass pic I took on my phone. I know the pic sucks but you get the idea. Also the blade on this thing had to be a couple of inches longer than what you would see today.




    [​IMG]
     
  10. budster

    budster Schoolyard Puck

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    I'm with ya. My blades are pretty moderate all the way around.

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    How blade patterns affect your shot
     
  11. TBLfan

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    The true banana blade:
    [​IMG]
     
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    :laugh:
     
  13. Waltah*

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    i have a coffey 5030 woody and holy crap is it curved. its not a bad stick at all and it takes ZERO effort to elevate a puck forehand. back hand is another story.
     
  14. Jimmy Carter

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    That blade is a dirty, nasty mistress. Love shooting pucks with it. Played a few games of ball hockey with it on peewee nets, shot over the net by at least 2 feet every time, sometimes more.
     
  15. cptjeff

    cptjeff [insert joke here]

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    This is Stan Mitka's variation on the banana:

    [​IMG]

    That picture gives you a pretty good idea, but I was really hoping to find a much better pic of either Hull's or Mikita's, from a story where Ovechkin was handling the stick, owned by a collector in Russia. There were a couple of nice shots of the curve in the photos accompaning it, but that piece ain't turning up.

    I did find this view of Bobby Hull's though:
    [​IMG]

    This one also popped up in the middle of the search, and while completely and totally irrelevant to the topic, it needs to be shared. Thank you google.

    [​IMG]
     

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