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With three kids in hockey, we’ve accumulated our fair share of hockey and goalie sticks over the years. I’m sure we’re no different than many other hockey families in that long after they are no longer used on the ice, a great many of these hockey sticks still reside in the garage, tossed in the bucket with rakes and other garden equipment.

I have a small army of used hockey sticks in my garage. I’m hanging on to them because like all hockey moms, I’m hanging on to the hope that one day I’ll transform them into one of those amazing Pinterest projects for repurposed hockey sticks. You know the ones: a Muskoka chair made from goalie sticks, the adorable hockey stick headboards, coat racks, and coffee tables. I’ve even seen a functioning clock fabricated from old hockey sticks. Of course, no hockey mom on the face of the earth has the time actually be “crafty” let alone create one of those Pinterest gems.

Why don’t we talk about what real hockey moms – and dads – use their kids’ old hockey sticks for, shall we? Don’t lie. Which of the following never-to-be-seen-on-Pinterest beauties can you lay claim to?

  1. I’ve hammered those old pieces of lumber into my garden and tied my tomato plants to them. But then my tomato plants died. Maybe I should’ve used a composite stick?
  2. The Canadian flag has waived proudly from a hockey stick on many a Canada Day since my kids started playing hockey. Perfect flagstaff.
  3. I’m proud to admit an old hockey stick did once temporarily replace a railing in our house – secured to the wall stunningly with hockey tape.
  4. Every single Ottawa Race Weekend sees every single volunteer between the ages of six and sixteen using a hockey stick to clear away the racers’ discarded water cups (and I have no doubt every single road race across Canada boasts this kind of crew).
  5. What old hockey stick has not come to the rescue when the automatic garage door opener is broken? A hockey stick will hold that garage door – or any door for that matter – open for hours.
  6. An old hockey stick and a tennis ball were my old border collie’s best friend (and sure saved my poor throwing arm!).
  7. I know there are every manner of Swiffers and dusters on the market nowadays, but nothing beats an old sawed-off hockey stick with a rag attached to it for dusting hard-to-reach nooks and crannies or for touching up missed spots when window cleaning.
  8. You know every Canada Day bonfire this weekend had at least one hockey stick in it used for kindling.

Hard to imagine I would get through any of my off-season without an old hockey stick. Who needs a Pinterest masterpiece anyway? Ah well. I am not quite giving up hope on those masterpieces quite yet. Heaven knows I still have quite a collection of sticks to choose from. And someone recently sent me a gorgeous photo of a Christmas tree made from old hockey sticks. I might just have enough time to whip that up before December!

Three cheers for those hockey sticks – they bring function to our lives whether new or old.

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