Wood hockey sticks making a come backRoseau, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's a moment hockey players have been waiting for - the former Christian Brothers plant is back at it -- once again making hockey sticks. The Roseau factory plans to bring back the popularity of the wooden stick.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY
Roseau, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's a moment hockey players have been waiting for - the former Christian Brothers plant is back at it -- once again making hockey sticks. The Roseau factory plans to bring back the popularity of the wooden stick.
Rick Pomplin has been making hockey sticks here going on 23 years. He remembers well when Christian Brother Hockey sticks ruled the ice. But over the years things changed.
Rick Pomplin / Factory Manager. : "A little heart breaking when it finally went away and it probably won't be back up in Northern Minnesota again. "
The company, which was started in 1964 in Warroad, fell on hard times when hockey players shifted away from wooded sticks and towards composite sticks, which are made from materials such as carbon fiber and graphite.
Rick " A 300 dollar stick doesn't make you better. "
That's the message from BOA ATHLETICS, a Denver based company recently bought the factory, which is now located in Roseau. . It has changed hands several times since it was sold by the original owners ten years ago.
Pomplin says the new BOA owners believe that wooden sticks give players a better feel of the puck, and are destined to make a come back.
Pomplin : "There is some merit to it. It's not just smoke and mirrors, when you're saying that this is a better stick. "
Pomplin says another thing that makes a BOA a better stick, is that players can have sticks built to their individual specs,
Rick : "With the correct lay you can get the stick flat on the ice and that is where you are going to get better puck control. "
And all at a fraction of the price of composite stick. For example a three pack of BOA customized sticks start at 135 dollars. BOA has the title of being the only wooden hockey stick still made in the U.S.A. And now are just hoping to score some big goals as they face off against the competition.
Right now three people are employed at the BOA factory in Roseau with more employees expected to be added later.