Stick flex runs along a scale from youth-type hockey sticks (rated as a 40) all the way up to extra stiff, which is rated at 110 flex. Depending on the age and size of the person playing hockey, the rating of flex will probably be one of the most important factors. The next characteristic — stick length — needs to be examined in order to ensure that the proper length stick is being used.
Generally, sticks made for use in hockey have standard configurations, though there are specialized lengths to accommodate even the shortest or tallest players. As an example, a junior-length stick will normally run from 46-53 inches in length. Professional ice hockey leagues all have standards for how long a stick can be, and in ice hockey stick can be cut to length if needed.
As far as a hockey stick’s “lie” goes, such a concept is related to what the angle of a hockey stick’s blade is in relation to its shaft. It’s really not a very complicated formula, and most experienced players will try to find a hockey stick with a lie that can put the blade of his stick flat on the surface of the ice in order to be able to better handle the puck when it is sliding along that surface.
When first starting out playing ice hockey it is helpful to learn just a bit about the kind of ice hockey sticks that can be of the most use. Some are wooden and some are made of composite materials and all are a very critical tool for each and every ice hockey player.