For the Love of Hockey: What to do with a broken hockey stick?
By Bethany Drysdale
Somewhere, at some point in a hockey player’s career, when your lining up that perfect shot, your favorite stick breaks in two. Not only is it frustrating to miss the shot, but you are now out about $200 to replace it. So what do you do with the two pieces that used to be your favorite twig? As they say on Paw Patrol, “don’t lose it, reuse it.” That is exactly what my friend Greg Goslin does with broken sticks; he reuses the carbon shafts to make projects and the results are amazing. Greg got the idea to repurpose the sticks from his dad. “My dad used to make picture frames out of broken sticks for all the teams that I played on in youth hockey growing up, so once I had my first son, Easton, I decided to make him some things that no one else would have like a hockey rink crib and some other sports inspired furniture,” Greg says.
Playing on an adult league, there are no shortages of broken sticks for Greg to use. “I collect from rink and teammates know I always keep them. I found a couple people selling online and I have actually sold some online myself since with my sons named Easton and Bauer I end up trying to use those sticks more and not as many CCM, Warrior, True, etc.” As a parent to 2 young boys, Greg has created a whole bedroom set for them out of repurposed sticks. “I think the crib is the favorite thing I have done as I had a lot of excitement to be a father and build something special and unique for him. The baseball dugout bed got a lot of views on Facebook as one of my wife’s friends posted it and then we had 10 or more friends I hadn’t seen in years send us messages that they saw Easton’s dugout bed on Facebook. It was over 7 million views and thousands and thousands of comments. Hopefully it inspired some other folks to get creative and get involved in making special things for their kids…not just buying it at a store and every other kid could have too. I have tried to get creative with making the boys letters or the reversed shadow letters of their names, which was fun and the penalty box that I made for “timeout” turned into a place that Easton liked to go and play so it didn’t have the intended use initially, but he now understands that the penalty box is not a fun place and he has to sit and be quiet.”
Although he lives in Florida, Greg plays in tournaments here in Las Vegas. “For several years a group of guys from Atlanta have been coming and playing in a tournament each spring. I always found it interesting how many rinks are in the Vegas area. I now live Orlando and there is only 1 rink within 1-1.5 hours of my house. The support behind Golden Knights is awesome to see too…especially since I lived in Atlanta for 15 years and it was such a fair weather hockey fan town where the community never got behind the team. The Vegas hockey trip is something we all look forward to every year and even as some folks, like me, moved away from Atlanta we still meet up for the Vegas trip. It’s always a great time.” Hockey is a family sport for the Goslin’s; bringing up the next generation of hockey players to appreciate the hard work and effort to succeed.