Huge thanks to Jeremy at HowToHockey.com for allowing us to post this here. I too have an inability to get rid of old hockey sticks (particularly the pricey one-pieces), so I love finding creative ways to reuse them. Check out HowToHockey.com for tons of product reviews, drills, tips, and videos. A must-visit for any hockey player.
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 defenceman 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.
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.
Give 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 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.
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What have you used broken hockey sticks for? let us know in the comments!