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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Jeremy Rupke

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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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Johnny March 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

can you make a video on saucer passes sometimes mine work and sometimes they don’t

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Jeremy March 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm
Meagan Neis February 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Does anyone have any broken sticks that they want to sell?

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Josh January 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Me and my friend use the shaft of the broken stick to practice saucer passes by placing the shaft in between both of us, it helps you make sure to pass it over the stick. If you hit the stick then you know you didn’t get enough lift on your pass.

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mike January 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

You can also make a hockey bench out of your broken hockey sticks.

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Lyle January 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Use them like a pylon for training. Great obstacle for practicing pancake passes. Carry a bunch in an old golf bag.

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crewchief January 10, 2012 at 5:52 am

I cut one down to about a foot long, filled the bottom 6 inches with lead, put a lace loop in the top, and we use it as a shark club while fishing.

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Mike January 9, 2012 at 12:18 am

Well done Jeremy – great idea.

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Sam December 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

send em to walshy stick repair and get them certified fixed for cheap

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Michael December 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

Awsome idea!!! Love it im gonna start collecting my broken hockey sticks now.

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Zakk December 2, 2011 at 8:07 am

Im saving all mine and im going to make a bench out of them. I have a friends who made one years ago out of broken skateboards.

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Ice December 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

The “Defensemen” is a sweet idea. Now I’m looking forward to breaking a stick!

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JDAWG November 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm

where do u buy the tiles?and how much $$$

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TJ November 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I saw this article, and it inspired me to make a broken wooden stick into a stick holder as a housewarming present for my friend.
http://i.imgur.com/bSaYi.jpg

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JD November 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I’ve used broken stick shafts to make a pull handle for my adult team’s wheeled cooler used to haul ginger-ales into and out of the locker room :)

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Urfa November 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Very very smart, you have just outdone ur self sir

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Sam November 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

hey this is my level in expertice i build things all of the time outta broken hockey sticks i have made sweet hands type training aids, puck rebounders that work even better than some of the products out their that cost a lot of $$$$$$, and yes no joke i was thinking about making a defensemen i love your video its awesome i think ill make a video showing how i make these and everything i build them with is free i will post it on the facebook wall!!!!! thank u so much for this vid!!!

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Sam November 18, 2011 at 2:31 am

I’ve seen people make picture frames out of them and also coffee tables (once they amassed enough).

And also nailed to the top of cubbyholes in changing rooms to make another hanging spot for shirts or helmets!

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RaeAnne November 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm

You can always attach them to 2x4s or such and make shelving… I’m planning on doing that for my house’s sports room.

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Asher November 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Hey Jermy! I’m a huge fan. Would you recommend me using a junior hockey shooting pad or dryland flooring tiles? P.S i’m a squirt hockey player also which one feels more like ice?

Toby November 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Red Green would be proud!!!

Always keep your stick on the ice!!!

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Joe Giannettino November 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I made a brick on a stick for doing wrist exercises.

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Jeremy November 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Brick on a stick, I like the sounds of that!

Jeremy November 18, 2011 at 11:15 am

The Junior shooting pad is good, but in my opinion it’s too small. When it comes to shooting pads the more room you have the better so I would recommend the tiles. The tiles are nice because you can order a few to start and if you feel you need more room you can order a few more and expand the size of your shooting / stickhandling area.

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