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Sep 07 2012

One Athlete’s Broken Hockey Stick: Another Man’s Chair?

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The NHL off-season is always a tough time for hockey fans (especially when there is a lockout threat). I decided to avoid my frustration about the potential lockout and instead use that energy for good. Take lemons and make lemonade. And that is what this blog post is all about. One Georgetown SIM student who has done just that!

Jonathan Merrill, a recent SIM graduate, started a business (Creative Collectibles) building furniture out of… wait for it…hockey sticks.

Although Jonathan is just getting started, he already sold a Capitals repurposed hockey-stick chair online for $800. Pretty cool, right?

Other creative collectibles include a coat rack made out of stick blades and picture frames/puck holders made from broken sticks.

When I asked Jonathan about how he got started creating household items out of hockey equipment, he cited his internship from his time in the Georgetown SIM program, “While interning with a NHL team and running their memorabilia game auctions, I noticed that players were always breaking sticks and they were being thrown away.”

Jonathan saw this ‘trash’ as the beginning of a innovative project. You know what they say, one man’s broken hockey stick is another man’s treasure.

According to Jonathan, “After doing some research online, I realized that some pretty cool stuff can be created from recycled sports equipment. I didn’t come up with idea for many of the things I have made, but when most people see Creative Collectibles for the first time they act like I invented the wheel.”

His company, “Creative Collectibles” has a new facebook page, twitter page, and he is available for orders if you email him at jm885@georgetown.edu.

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