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Ovechkin Tries Out New Stick, Capitals Test ‘TOVI’ Twigs At Practice



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ARLINGTON, V.A. — Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sits on the bench at practice, huddled around a group as he examines and bends the blade of a TOVI hockey stick. After checking it out, he, T.J. Oshie, John Carlson and more ultimately took the sticks for a whirl at Wednesday’s practice. There were mixed reviews.

The TOVI hockey stick features new technology. The DiamondAire Blade™ is perforated, and it is treated with a “micro-grip” surface texture and “liquid tape” to provide a good grip on the puck and take away the need for tape, which makes the stick lighter than regular composite sticks.

Ovechkin has been using the same CCM Ribcor Trigger since making the switch back to CCM from Bauer in 2017. The 37-year-old tested out the TOVI stick at the start of practice, dishing a couple of goals and stickhandling. Ovechkin later tried it again while working on the power play. He fanned on one of his shots from the office and after the drill, swapped it out for his classic Trigger.

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Carlson also tried it and said that he liked it but did admit there was a strange feature that came with the stick.

“Beforehand, I would say there was zero chance I would like it all, and it was pretty good,” Carlson said, adding, “The weirdest thing is hearing the sound of it. Like a guy takes a one-timer and it sounds like nothing.”

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T.J. Oshie also gave it a try, but the stick wasn’t in his preferred curve, which is the most important part of his stick.

“It’s a cool concept, it felt pretty good. Looks a little different. Shot really well. It’s not my curve, so got to wait… it’s mostly the feel and then after feel, it’s getting the curve right,” Oshie said.

Martin Fehervary took it for a run, too, and said that he liked the feel of the blade but won’t be switching sticks.

“It’s like, really sticky. I kind of like the puck more sticky on that part of the blade. It was all right but I’m not thinking to change something,’ Fehervary smiled.

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