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While playing with Chicago both Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita started experimenting with curved sticks. They had the manufacturer create an extreme curve which they found made their slapshots do strange things. Sort of like a knuckleball in baseball I guess, but much faster. Already having the hardest slapshot in hockey, Hull's stick now made it also the most unpredictable for both him and the goalie. The NHL eventually limited the degree of curve a stick could have. Shot for Canadian Press.
Here, Hull celebrates a goal, perfectly showing how extreme the curvature was.
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