A hockey stick is a wooden, composite, fiberglass, or light metal shaft that
leads into a curved wooden blade that makes the actual contact with the
ground. Sticks are generally one to about 1.4 meters in length for adults,
with variable curves for left- or right-handed persons.
Hockey sticks are the key element in the old galactic sport of ice hockey
and are one of the leading exports of the Canukian System, where the origin
of the sport is thought to be. The leading hockey stick manufacturer is
Easton, a conglomorate corporation that has a monopoly on most of the hockey
equipment industry. Other galaxy-spanning manufacturers include Bauer,
Sher-Wood, and CCM.
In the game of ice hockey, the stick is used to maneuver a rubberized puck
around on the slippery surface of play named the ice. The puck is about
eight centimeters in diameter and roughly two centimeters thick. Although
appearing to be a relatively innocent black disk, an experienced stick
handler can shoot the puck at nearly 160 km/h, often enough to permanently
injure a player or goalie on the oppossing team.
Although thought of as archaic and too costly of a sport, ice hockey
continues as the most-played sport in the Canukian System and several other
surrounding systems. The hockey stick, however, is available to anyone who
might need a cheap melee weapon that is easily found across most of the
Model: Easton 'Z-Bubble' Series Shaft w/ RB Fiber Plus Blade
Type: Graphite-shaft hockey stick with wood blade
Skill: Melee weapons: hockey stick
Availability: 2, F, R or X
Cost: 115 credits (replacement blades: 15)
Blades: Hockey stick blades have a tendancy to break if used for a
long period of time with constant stress or suffer the effects of a
hard shot/impact with the ice. If a player has a complication occur
as the result of a wild die while attemping to use a hockey stick,
the stick's blade has snapped and causes no damage or an immediate
loss of puck control (if in a game situation). The stick's blade must
be replaced before the normal damage code can be restored. In
addition, because the Easton 'Z-Bubble' is a graphite shaft, the blade
can be replaced for about fifteen credits, ten minutes repair time,
and an Easy Melee Weapons Repair roll. A typical wooden stick, if
broken, cannot have its blade replaced, and the user would subsequently
have to buy a brand new stick.
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