Kicker – Hockey sticks in short supply

NICK EICHER, HOST: Better not blink. The game of hockey comes at you pretty fast.

AUDIO: Klingberg feeds. Jamie Benn waits. Seguin has an open net … Seguin scores! Seguin just 24 seconds into overtime finds the back of the net … look at ’im, just about drop his stick!

Dropping sticks is probably the last thing Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin wants to do these days. Or any of his fellow players for that matter.

They may have to stretch their stick supply!

Reason? Well, the coronavirus that has been shuttering Chinese manufacturers may have an impact on the supply of pro hockey sticks.

National Hockey League players go through probably 100 per season.

But Bauer and CCM are two of the NHL’s big suppliers with factories in China that have had to close because of the illness.

Tyler Segin was so concerned about it last week when his team had a matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs, that the local boy went over to his mom’s house nearby to grab two sticks he had left there.

Why just two? Seguin replied: “That’s all that was left in the garage. I’ll just have to manage.”

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(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin (91) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in New York.  

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