The other day I was putting my dogs outside to do their business because the little one was doing his dance that roughly translates to something along the lines of “If you don’t put me out within the next 60 seconds so help me I will pee on the floor” — yeah I learned that one the hard way. I took notice of some pretty impressive icicles hanging off the awning, which meant I had to go knock them off so they didn’t possibly make the awning collapse. It’s a thing that I go through every winter, and it’s not my favorite task. I’ve had too many close calls with almost breaking the broom, my usual weapon of choice. I needed a new plan, so I grabbed my street hockey stick.
To sum up that brilliant plan; I came, I saw, I conquered. It worked. It actually freakin’ worked — of course, I should admit it’s not the first time I used my stick for something other than what it was intended for. More on that in a minute. The gears in my brain were turning. What other kinds of uses could I, or others get out of hockey equipment? The following is a result of three days of pondering that very question, asking around, and doing a very extensive Google search.
Quick note before we go on: Along the Boards is not responsible for any damages caused if you decide to try any of these and it goes terribly wrong.
Pucks: From Door Stoppers to Drawer Knobs
Hockey pucks make excellent door knobs, or at least that’s what fellow Along the Boards writer and my AHL editor Katy Tearle tells me. Simply shove that puck in between the door and the jamb and you’re golden.
Apparently they also work well as knobs for a drawer. Whether you’re fixing a broken knob, or you’re looking to spice up your room with some hockey-themed decor, grab a screw and a puck and you’re golden there. Actually, come to think of it, there’s a lot you can do with a puck and a screw or two, you know depending on your project. There’s the knob thing, you could turn the puck into a hook that way. If you have a bunch of pucks, and screws, you could probably also make a bunch of hooks, or something fancy like a nightstand or a chair if you’re handy with tools.
The possibilities, as I let my brain wander, are seemingly endless. Pucks, not just for sniping the biscuit home anymore.
Sticks: Snow brush, reach extender, laziness enabler, among other things
Remember when I said using the hockey stick to knock icicles off my house wasn’t the only time I used my stick in an unconventional way? Yeah, I’m sort of an expert in that department.
Other than a good weapon to defend your house against icicles, sticks make a great tool to get things off high shelves — this one I can’t take credit for, I got this one from Katy as well. It’s a helpful trick if you’re short or you just don’t want to reach that high. If you need to shut a door and don’t want to get up, and your stick within your reach from your spot, it’s great for giving you the length you need to do that too.
You can also use your stick to brush snow off your car. You need to do it with care, because one wrong move and your window is toast, but it eliminates the risk of snow getting into your sleeves and making you colder than you already are, making your life easy. It also gives you a great reach according to my friend Rose, a hockey player who has tried this method. It’s especially helpful if you’re the owner of a pickup truck, again, information also provided to me by my friend Rose. Fair warning though, it’s not that great of a snow brush. It’ll get the job done with time, but you may be better off using an actual snow brush. Or tying the snow brush to your stick and going that route.
Goals: Score in them, store in them
Okay, I have to admit I don’t have much information to share on this one mostly because I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. That said, goals apparently make great makeshift closets. I’m not exactly sure how one would go about it, if you add an additional bar underneath the crossbar or you simply hang the clothes from the crossbar itself…but there’s a problem to solve for another day. In the mean time, you can stare at the picture at left and see if you can figure it out — that’s what I’ll be doing.
Broken Sticks: Your useless hockey equipment is no longer useless
Even broken sticks can be turned into something great. From tables, to a headboard, to a training aid to work on your stick-handling. Converting those into something would require having a lot of broken sticks handy, or having a great connection with the equipment manager of your local hockey team who’d be willing to pass whatever broken sticks the team accumulates onto you, but it has been done. It can be done. You just need some tools, some sticks, and a great imagination. Willing to actually commit to the project would also probably help, because I imagine it’s a lot of work, and can be tiring.