Think Old Faithful. Released over 60-years ago, the Sherwood 5030 Feather-Lite hockey stick is still going strong today. You most likely had one of these beauties and it would be a safe bet to say that almost every hockey player since 1965 has used this stick at one point or another. Personally, I used one as a Mite and Squirt, PP19. I loved it so much that in 2011, I bought one just to have in the arsenal.
Originally produced out of Sherwood-Drolet in Quebec, Canada, Sherwood moved its wooden hockey stick production overseas in 2007 to focus on Louisville TPS composite — now re-branded as Sherwood. They were one of the last standing wood hockey stick manufactures in Canada, so to say people were upset to see them leave would be an understatement.
Let’s take a look at just a handful of famous NHL players who have used one of these classics hockey sticks:
This is a sore subject in hockey. A dark cloud that lasted only two NHL seasons. Maybe one of the worst times in hockey history. Thanks to Cooper Canada Ltd., the No. 1 hockey company at the time, the Philadelphia Flyers debuted Cooperalls in 1981. The long black pants with white and orange stripe will live in infamy forever.
But to make matters worse, in 1982, the Hartford Whalers wore the hideous long pants too — the CCM version, called Propac, in green. It was a one-piece protective snow pant that claimed to make you 40% lighter. Ooooo!! Ahhh! I need them. “Lighter means faster.” NO! lighter meant more broken knees, hips, and ankles from sliding into the boards every single time you fell. Lighter also meant sweating like the fat guy in the cake shop. Sorry for the visual.