The Stick: A History, a Celebration, an Elegy

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The literary sports title of the season Pick up a hockey stick and you hold an iconic symbol of the country that gave it birth, a tangible piece of our culture, a link to Canada’s past. From the earliest one-piece sticks, carved out of tree roots by the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, to the two- and three-piece models turned out in small towns in Ontario and Quebec, to the graphite models now produced with scientific precision by Easton, the stick has always reflected something distinctly Canadian. Today, the stick ...