Time does NOT heal all wounds when your team is dealing with a long off-season. Time is the ultimate enemy. I’m growling and nipping at people like a wild mutt more and more with each passing day.
How do we survive another lengthy summer without getting arrested for assaulting a stranger? Well Caniacs, we keep crazy busy. It is tool time with Kp Kelly! Channel your inner Bob Villa, grab your hammer, and let’s get to work.
This summer we are going to build a Storm Room. No, this is not a super secure, safe place, although, it will be your place of comfort. We are going to transfer a room in your home (or maybe the garage if your spouse threatens divorce) into a Hurricanes hot spot. Just in case your creativity struggles beyond hanging a jersey on the wall, I have provided you with a method and several ideas:
- Decide on a floor plan. The following areas must be considered: seating, bar, TV, and faux ice area (I’ll get to that in a minute).
- Go to Pinterest and browse my Hockey Home Life Board for bar ideas and decorations you want to steal…creativity speaking. If you are not on this new media site, I strongly suggest it. It will give you another way to pass time this summer.
- Go to HockeyShot.com for a shooting pad and other fun accessories. This mini rink will be perfect for intermissions come October. Oh God, that is so far away…focus, sniffle, focus. For a discount code and great drills to practice on your shooting pad, check out How to Hockey’s YouTube channel.
- Go to a few flea markets to find some cheap, vintage sticks, pucks and other cool hockey items. You can always check out eBay as well.
- You need good lighting when practicing your stickhandling, so check out this ceiling light.
- Visit your local home improvement store and have them match the colors from the Canes logo to paint your room. If you are feeling extra ambitious, you can borrow a projector and throw logo up on the wall. Trace it carefully with a pencil and paint. Easy as a Cam Ward glove save.
- Now here’s a fun little extra. Get transfer paper and copy the player autographs you’ve collected over the years and transfer them onto your wall. You can tell your pals you had the boys over for some brews. I won’t spill your little secret.
Good luck on your Caniac improvement project! Send us pictures of your Canes Cave!