On the Blackhawks bench, equipment manager Troy Parchman has the extra sticks lined up in a precise order.
First are the centers sticks, then Parchman has the sticks lined up in numerical order going away from him.
Each stick has its own distinctive knob, which Parchman can recognize quickly. One might have smooth black tape, another might have rougher white gauze tape, one might have a big round hunk of tape while another might have almost none.
It's at once an intuitive and scientific process that allows Parchman to grab a stick at a moment's notice, a skill that can be essential to the action on the ice. Parchman can't waste time fiddling around looking for the right one. He has to get it in his hands and onto the ice as quickly as possible.
- June 02, 2015
- Andrew Mestdagh