Armor amour

How do veteran netminders get their gear just right? We let them explain.

Updated: February 15, 2010, 3:46 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the Feb. 22 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

"I'll tape at least two new sticks for each game and try them during warmups. That's when I determine if the stick has the right curve. If I can't sit a puck flat on top of the curved blade, that stick is not getting a sniff in a game."


E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.