Old hockey sticks never die, they just get reincarnated.
Our family has bought its fair share of sticks over the years, having put three kids through minor hockey. When that purchase is made, a brand new stick is automatically designated the game day stick, and the old game day stick becomes the practice stick, and the practice stick then becomes the road hockey stick. That’s not the end of the line for a hockey stick, though. As every hockey mom knows, however, there are additional assignments in the life of a hockey stick – beyond having anything to do with the actual sport of hockey. For example,
I once used a hockey stick as a makeshift crutch to help me get into the house after twisting my ankle in the garage (on a hockey stick of course). I have no doubt some doctor somewhere has used one as a splint too.
You should not underestimate the effectiveness of a hockey stick as a fishing pole. An eight-year old child doesn’t need an expensive rod and reel for an afternoon of catch and release.
When you’re vertically-challenged like me, a wet rag wrapped around the butt end of a hockey stick works wonders reaching those cobwebs in those hard to reach places (if I even notice them in the first place, that is).
If you’ve never used a hockey stick as a canoe paddle or as a tent pole when that weak metal one has bent or broken, can you really say you’ve been camping?
A quick peek at my garden and you will see hockey sticks being used at tomato plant stakes. What kid hasn’t taken their old hockey stick to a mature dandelion, Happy Gilmour-style.
I’m considering using a hockey stick as a putter – as I saw done at a golf tournament once. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t hurt my score.
Let’s also all agree that an old hockey stick and a tennis ball are any dog’s best friends (and sure save your poor throwing arm too!).
Once in a blue moon (when I have time), I scan the Pinterest boards and see some pretty incredible hockey stick masterpieces, and I think, “You know, I can make a Muskoka chair, or a set of barbeque utensils, or a coat rack, or a headboard, or a new bar top, or a coffee table, or some key chains” and then I remember I have fifteen minutes to get to the hockey arena. There are some seriously awesome hockey stick reincarnations out there. Perhaps one day, I’ll summon the courage and creativity (and the time) to create one – heaven knows I have a pretty decent supply of hockey sticks. Until then, these old relics still have some life in them – and still some goals.
I’m sure other hockey moms have put their kids’ old hockey sticks to good use. I’d love to hear your ideas. Please do share in the comments section below.
Three cheers for all these hockey sticks – may they live long and live again.
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