The BC05 Lidstrom is an old-school pattern that has stood the test of time. Interestingly, this curve is more popular in the minor and recreational leagues than with pros – you could call it a “beer league classic.” Nevertheless, it has still seen some use in the NHL in the past few years, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Jacob Trouba standing out as its most notable pro users.
The BC05’s considerable length, aggressive loft, and heel curve make high and flat saucer passes a breeze. With the slightest flick of the wrists and with almost no effort, you’ll be launching a crisp saucer pass to a streaking winger at the opposing blue line. Pucks roll easily from the heel to the toe and elevate quickly, so perfect form isn’t necessary. This might have something to do with the pattern’s popularity in recreational leagues.
Alexander Edler, a former Lidstrom pattern user, demonstrates the ease of saucer passing with the curve
The same qualities that make the BC05 a good saucer passer also make it an ideal delivery method for high and hard slapshots. The aggressive loft makes it easy to elevate the puck from the point or at the faceoff circle, even with a minimal follow-through. With a large sweet spot in the mid-heel, the pattern is very forgiving on one-timers and doesn’t require perfect form to get good elevation and power. However, shooters are advised to roll their wrists completely over if they want to keep the puck low, as this curve naturally favours high shots.
Watch: Jacob Trouba drills a high one-timer from the point with the help of the Lidstrom
While this article is meant to give an overview of the BC05, the only way to know for sure if it’s the right one for you is to come try it out at a BASE Hockey fitting center near you.
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