Brine D-80 Defensive stick - aka "The Spoon" - This model was only made for about 2 years in the early 1980's. It was very difficult to catch with but was good at knocking balls down. Some players referred to it as the"pool skimmer" due the close resemblance to its namesake. In their catalog from 1981, Brine described the D-80 the result of extensive research by its staff. It was the first stick that was designed for the specific needs of the defensive player. It had a much wider and flatter top - combined with squared off sides to increase the effective checking area for all types of checks. The catalog also continued on - claiming that this unique design would help the defensive player to improve both catching and scooping. Factory colors were scarlet (left), white, and royal blue (below left).
Brine "Magnum" - early attempt at a pinched head. The head was very small - but due to the early pinch - many attatckman liked it as it enabled numerous moves without losing the ball.
Superlight II Attack: The 1981 Brine equipment catalog boasted about the following improvements over the SL they produced in 1980.
1. First time ever Brine introduced a traditional pocket with two-color stringing -and the pocket required almost no breaking in.
2. A functionally superior "self-locking" feature that allowed the exclusive octagonal handle and throat fitting to perform as a "one-piece" unit.
3. Lace-Loc side appendages - patented "m" shaped loc prevented any pocket deformation by locking the sidewall strings into place.
4. Longest and narrowest pocket in lacrosse to promote increased velocity and accuracy.
5. Improved scooping cabability with the specially curved head.
6. Two shooting strings - quicker release, more control, and less hooking action.
Sticks were available in both traditional stringing (left) and new mesh stringing (right). By 1981, the PL66 was being phased out and was priced $1 cheaper than the SL2 at $44.
Superlight III: When this late generation Superlight was introduced, it was marketed for the player at any position and beginner or expert. In 1981, Brine modified the prior version to include a narrower throat area to aid in ball control, while the to half of the head was canted slightly forward to allow for a quicker release of the ball. The SL3 also came equippedwith either a 36 inch shaft for the Attackman or Midfielder or a 58 inch shaft for the defensman. It was also promoted as having the highest strength to weight ratio of any shaft on the market (right).
Brine "BRG" Goalie Stick: The 1981 version was considered a second generation stick to the earlier version. Improvements included a harder plastic that allowed the form to remain hard - even in the hottest of conditions. The top of the head remained curved like the other sticks that Brine offered in 1981. Stringing was available in either traditional stringing or Brine's new "dyna-mesh" design.
Brine "Hyperlight" Model Goalie Stick: A new design for goalie sticks. The outside perimeter of the head had 22 holes - perhaps to lessen the weight of the head - not quite sure as they didn't appear to have any structural or fundamental purpose. They were fitted on top of the 8 sided aluminum shaft that also displayed the Hyperlight branding. The head was a bit more squared-off compared to previous versions. This model was promoted in the early 1980's as the "World's Lightest Goalie Stick".
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D-80 Defensive Stick - aka - "The Spoon"
Goalie Sticks in the 1980's
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Finding a D-80 with its original traditional stringing and aluminum Brine D-Pole is just impossible. Most of the time when you come acrosse them - they have either a crack at the scoop or no handle at all.