What to do with Broken Hockey Sticks

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by Jeremy Rupke on November 17, 2011

I think I might have a problem, I just can’t bring myself to throw out my broken hockey sticks. Many people pay over $100 for a stick, so when it breaks half way through the season it might be hard to accept the $100 loss and throw the hockey stick out. In this article I will share a few things that you can do with broken hockey sticks. I also have a video showing you how you can build your own defencemen to use while practicing your stickhandling and dekes.

Stick a Blade in it

If you have a one piece hockey stick and you break the blade, or pretty close to the blade you can continue to use the shaft, this is very easy to do.

  • Take off the grip from the top of the stick, this is where the blade will go
  • Buy a blade from the store
  • Heat the glue up with a heat gun, or over the stove (try not to drop glue on the burner)
  • Jam that blade in there, tape the spot where your blade USED to be, and you are good to go.

There are a few disadvantages to doing this, the stick might be shorter you are used to (depending where it broke) and also some high-end sticks have a specific technologies. For example many sticks have the kick-point manufactured into the stick, by flipping the stick the kick point will be at the top rather than at the bottom.

kids-hockey-stickGive it to Your Kids, or make a street hockey stick

If the stick broke near the blade, you can flip it and put a blade in it like mentioned above. If the stick is too short after doing this you can keep it for ball hockey or road hockey, or give it to your kids (if you have any)

If the stick broke in the middle of the shaft just cut the jagged part off the shaft, tape a grip on it and give it to your kids to use for road hockey or mini sticks.

Make A Defencemen

This is my favourite option as it will help you improve your skills and you get a free hockey training aid. I did this as a kid and use it quite a bit, I just made another one and thought I would share it with my readers.

Use them in Hockey Drills

This is another good option to use the stick to improve your skills. If you are a coach, or even a player you can use broken sticks to challenge yourself on the ice. In the video below you can see the coach is using some obstacles on the ice to work on cross-cuts, crossovers, lateral movement and acceleration (right at the end). Use broken hockey sticks to perform the same drills!

hockey stick night tableMore Uses Suggested by Readers

  • Collect a few and make a “tree” out of it. Use the hockey stick tree to hang your gear on for it to dry out after a game
  • Attach a weight to it and use it to strengthen your wrists
  • Buy a road hockey blade (they are plastic and slide over the shaft) and use it for road hockey (similar to my suggestion above) A broken hockey stick = a NEW road hockey stick
  • Use it to hold up tomato plants (for the Italians out there :P)
  • If you’ve got enough saved up and have some tools try making a night stand

What have you used broken hockey sticks for? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Amtoj February 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

I really like the idea of making a pic frame thnx bro!

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Sean November 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

We make everything from chairs, to grill sets, to bottle openers out of our broken hockey sticks. Want some ideas for your own projects? Check out hockeystickstuff.com

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Evan March 15, 2013 at 9:07 am
Jim March 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Replace a broken grill handle.

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Hudson February 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I made a coat hanger out of my hockey stick I screwed it to the wall and screwed hangers two it.

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Jason February 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

You can recycle the hockey sticks at http://www.hockeygreen.com and get a credit towards a new stick at TotalHockey. I’m in no way affiliated with any of these companies and I’m not getting any money to promote it. I did, however, take advantage of this deal last year where they doubled the credit and got a new one piece for a really good price.

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Alex December 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

You can use the stick(s) to make a picture frame and use parts (glass, hangers, etc.) off an old picture frame, throw in your favorite team photo or poster, toss it up on your wall and now you have a rad personalized frame.

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Clayton October 7, 2012 at 8:56 am

You can make a simple small table/stool out of your broken sticks by making an X for the legs and then placing a bunch of sticks side by side and holding together with a few sticks across for the flat surface. Broken sticks, screws, a saw and a drill will do the trick!

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Gabby August 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

If you have a black lab puppy, you can play hockey with her too! I try and play keep away with the street ball in the basement. Every once in a while I have to shoot it into the net to let her have it, but she has gotten to the point where she isn’t afraid to take it right off of my stick, it is real good practice, but a dog can be pretty expensive for a toy!

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Joshua May 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

My brother made one of those except he used wood instead of hockey stick shafts

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Chris Moyer April 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

I made a 41″ tall pub table and a floor lamp out of old sticks. I’d post the pics here but don’t know how. Feel free to email me and I can send you pics. FYI – the lamp is the easiest to make.

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Kyle Keenan June 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I would love to see them could you email me a picture of them

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