PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby is still speaking softly, only now he's carrying a different stick.
The Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins captain plans to use a one-piece synthetic hockey stick for the first time during the season-opener Friday night against the New York Rangers.
Previously, Crosby used a two-piece stick that consisted of a wooden blade attached to a synthetic shaft. In the NHL, wooden sticks have become about as common as wooden bats in Little League baseball.
"I'm really happy with the way it's coming along," Crosby said Thursday. "I haven't had any issues and I'm pretty confident with it."