Broomball Stick

There are many many types of broomball stick available, but these are the basic types. As far as I know there are only three (current) manufacturers. DGel, Forest Ice, Acacia. All manufacturers offer a range of sticks, which offer performance in the same range as each type. My personal standouts are the DGel Powershot, the Forest Ice 3000.
Also worth noting, is that some sticks are available in extra length models. Personally I don't like them but a few players have used them and continue to persist. They do offer some extra reach, great for very tall players, defenders, or Ice Hockey players used to the longer stick. But having seen them used and played against them, I see players struggling to get quick shots away, or handling in close work with some difficulty, but they have their place. You won't go wrong with any of these brooms, they all offer good performance and a good amount of control. It just depends really on your preferences, with, control, weight, weight distrubition, materials, cost etc etc.

D-Gel (BDG) Plastic Broom
Flat roughed surface offering a good control of the ball, pre-cut broom angle, polyethylene broom head, but does not offer the control of the rubber headed broom. Most durable of the brooms, dimples on the broom, are hard, and slippery and do not offer the 'grip' of the rubber brooms heavier than rubber head. A good general purpose broom, suitable as a 'club' stick, or for schools and Ice Arena's. Subject only to breakage on the shaft (diam 2.8cm - 1 1/8"). Very strong and very durable broom.

D-Gel Rubber Senior Stick
Rubber head stick, allowing optional trimming of the stick on (make sure that the distance between the chamfer's are 2.5 inches) either side of the blade if you cut both sides. Flat roughed surface offering good control of the ball. Lighter than the plastic head broom, is only subject to breakage on the shaft, and to 'tearing" of the rubber, particularly if the blade is not trimmed. But this will be after a considerable amount of punishment (Diam 2.8cm - 1 1/8") probably at least a couple of years of weekly play.

D-Gel Rubber Junior Stick
Offering the same features and faults as the Senior broom, but in a much lighter package. This broom is not as strong as the Plastic or Senior broom and is subject to breakage when hit due to it's thinner shaft. However, this broom does offer, excellent ball control (due to it's lightness). Head of broom is slightly smaller than the senior model, to cater for the smaller shaft size, this in turn reduces it's weight. However I played with one of these for several years without breaking it. (diam 2.5cm - 1")

D-Gel Powershot
The powershot has quite a different shaped head and an aluminium octagonal shaft. The shaft offers strength with a light weight. The head, a concave shape on both sides, offers unsurpassed ball control in traffic, the concave head captures the ball and keeps it on the stick. The head also has large thick edges which offer a measure of power in the shot that is difficult for other heads to match and they are probably a litte more acurate than other sticks when using the edge hit. I've used this one for a number of years and really like the control I have.

Forest Ice 3000 Broom
Forest Ice have introduced some advances in the broom. The stick whilst at a glance is similar to the standard D-Gel stick, has a few subtle changes. Immediately obvious is the shaved shaft, which is shaved on both sides of the stick in line with the plane of the head. The stick is also and is about one inch (2.5cm) longer than a 'standard' broom, this offers better grip on the stick. Another advantage of the shaved shaft is that just by the feel you know if the head is correctly aligned on the ice. Additionally the head of the broom is manufactured of a different compound than either of the D-Gel ones, and falls somewhere between the rubber and the plastic in stiffness. It also has the dimpled surface for 'grip' on the ball, but in addition has a slightly concave surface that has 3 highly beneficial effects. The first being that it is MUCH easier to flip the ball both forehand and backhanded, and much more reliable to do so. Secondly the concave surface means the ball 'sits' better when dribbling the ball. The third effect is on one face of the broom is a small 'circle' bare of any dimples, this allows the ball to slide around the head whilst being pushed along the ice, thereby improving control. The head of the broom is also equally balanced, in that neither side of the broom head is any thicker than the other, so that the broom can be used with either edge of the broom on the ice and therefore can be cut for a left or right handed player. Weight is on par with the D-Gel junior, handling is excellent and is a great alternative. And it's eco green in colour !

Forest Ice 400
The 400 stick is similar to the Junior, except with the thicker and unshaved shaft. Weight is on par with the D-Gel senior, handling is excellent and is another great alternative.

Forest Ice 4500 Aluminium Broom
This Forest Ice aluminium has all the features of the but uses an octagonel aluminium shaft. It only has the one weight aluminium shaft. Handling is on par with the Forest Ice 400 broom. It is slightly lighter in weight than the 400 broom, and the weight is distributed differently than a wooden broom. An excellent alternative to the wooden broom.

STX Aluminium Broom
It appears that STX are now getting out of the Broomball business. I hope this is wrong, but I have heard this from a number of different sources. Let me know if this is incorrect or true.