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December 27, 2012

Kick Saves: 'Tis the season for hockey related gift giving

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“I had a mean backhand,” she said. “My parents eventually got me the correct curved stick and the rest was history.”

Sticks are a popular Christmas gift for the hockey player in your life, and its easy to see why with the variety and cost of today’s composites. Beverly goalie Ami Thompson highlighted her first non-wooden stick as a personal favorite.

“I would say my first composite stick,” said Thompson. “I was a wood/composite mix at the time and I was told I wouldn’t be getting a new one so that the gift would be a surprise.”

Sticks can spark scorers and for Marblehead junior captain Rachel Mckay, a new stick was just what the doctor ordered for the holidays.

“I got a red Bauer Total One last year. I was in a killer slump and I really needed to change things up,” she said. “I don’t get superstitious about things, but that new Bauer stick just felt right and I ended up as my team’s high scorer thanks to that stick.

“I know its not just the stick, but I’m really hoping that it rises to the occasion again this season.”

Firsts were definitely a big theme for hockey holiday gifts. Masconomet goalie Alex Jones highlighted her first goalie helmet, which she got when she was 10 and wore for the first few seasons of her Chieftains career.

“It was my first new helmet,” she said. “I used to show it off to everyone and I was so protective of who I would let carry it around because I didn’t want anything to happen to it.”

Another first of sorts came from former Marblehead goalie Moe Bradley, who is now playing for the University of New Hampshire. She spent a year playing club hockey before college, and also helped out her old high school team in her spare time.

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