Getting Fitted At Base Hockey Labs

First and foremost we would like to thank Cliff Ronning and Holmes Ghassemi of Base Hockey (www.MyBaseHockey.com) for inviting us to a fitting session at their facility in Burnaby, BC.

What goes on during the fitting process? Our three part series will document what you can expect when you get fitted for a hockey stick at Base Hockey.

Upon entering the building you’ll notice the large brushed metal BASE Hockey logo on the wall and the flat screen TV looping classic hockey games (mostly Canucks.)

All you need to bring is your stick, gloves and skates. Step through the two glass doors from the reception area and arrive beside the rink. From here your stick is taken to be prepped for testing.

Many measurements are taken of the stick during this preparation process. The stick is clamped into a specially designed instrument to measure the true lie of the blade. The reason I say true lie is because there is no standard method of measuring the lie of a hockey stick. (Ex. A 4-lie from Brand “A” will be different than a 4-lie from Brand “B”.) Companies will either measure a blade’s lie from heel to the middle or from the heel to toe. If the lie is measured from the heel to the middle, the rocker of the blade will heavily skew the measurement of the lie.

The flex of the stick will also be tested. We went to Base before they were ready to open to the public so their machine to conduct this test was not set up yet. In composite shafts, different flexes are achieved by using different weaves. Even though you’re using a stick that is labeled “100 Flex” doesn’t necessarily mean it is. No two shafts are constructed exactly the same so there are variances in the flex which can be up to 5%. So in reality the “100 Flex” you’re using can be anywhere from 95 to 105 flex. Cutting or extending the length will also have an effect on the stiffness.

A few other basic measurements are made such a balance point, stick length and shaft weight.

From here, six “crash test dummy-like” stickers are strategically placed on your stick. Two between your top and your bottom hand, two between your bottom hand and the blade and two on the actual blade itself. These stickers are used as reference points in order to make calculations on how much your stick flexes when they review your video footage.

While your stick is being prepped, a few questions will be asked during a brief interview such as what position do you play and what your playing style is like.

The next step is to get your skates and gloves on and head over to the room where the shooting (both pucks and cameras) takes place. Stay tuned for part two.

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– M

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