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.
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!
- 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.