- The NHL has increased the maximum stick curve allowed from a half inch to three-quarters of an inch, a move which is likely to have a positive impact on European goal-scorers like our very own Alex Ovechkin.
You may be saying to yourself, what's the big idea with a measly quarter inch? Here's what Tarik El-Bashir says this increase will do: "Increased curve allows Ovechkin to put more velocity on his already hard shot, launch the puck higher from close range, and control it better in traffic."
Now let's take a look at what this kid was able to do with an "inferior" stick blade: OvechkinFans.com
Think about it - there's nothing in Ashburn yet; it's a developing suburban area with lots of open spaces. These people, myself included, had to trek out there early on a Sunday morning for the sole purpose of watching the current and future Caps practice for a little over 2 hours. Don't tell me hockey interest doesn't exist in the DC-area.