David Fleming visits with the NHL's best, including Alex Ovechkin, and discovers that rituals, superstitions and history behind the hockey stick, which is more an extension of a player than a simple piece of equipment.
With help from the Hall of Fame, ESPN The Magazine presents a photo gallery depicting the history of hockey sticks.
What vet wouldn't jump at the chance to escape an also-ran and help a Cup contender? Just ask Doug Weight.
Chucky who? The recharged Lightning have turned Tampa into a hockey hotbed.