When Sergei Zubov was a young lad, he would work on his wooden sticks over his mom's stove.
A bright boy, Zubov figured that there had to be a way to improve his tools so that he could make the puck do different things on the ice. He pondered curve and lift and taper. He worked with different tape jobs. Like a mad scientist, he experimented, took his creation to the outdoor rink for a test, and then scurried back home to continue his work.
"It took me 10 years to get it the way I liked it, to get my pattern," Zubov said. "Ten years."