What is the reason behind curved hockey sticks?

I would like to know about it's history, reason of curve, benefits and science.

Hockey Stick


The sticks are curved to better adapt to the type of shot before and during the hit.

The curvature in fact depends on the type of handle and the single-player (the bat is considered an extension of the arm).

You can find those kind of curve:

• Heel Open, Small
• Mid Round, Small
• Mid Round, Big
• Mid Round, Open
• Heel Open, Big 

Furthermore to reduce the impact on the surface (specially on ice).

Historically there were an high evolution on material: from wood, aluminum, glass fiber, up to more recent materials: kevlar, graphite, titanium


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