The Beginner’s Guide To Taping A Hockey Stick Properly

Beginner Hockey Stick Tape

How To Tape A Hockey Stick Properly

Knowing how to tape a hockey stick properly is almost as important to the game of hockey itself as knowing how to skate. Taping is a ritual that seasoned players do before each game to ensure they get the best grip and most life out of the blade of their hockey stick, allowing them to get the best touches and shots with the puck. Below are the steps for how to tape a hockey stick properly, so you can fit right in before even stepping out onto the ice.

Gather The Materials

You will need a few specific materials to properly tape or wrap a hockey stick. Start with a roll of hockey tape, something to cut the tape with, like scissors or a sharp knife and some surf wax or candle wax. When it comes to the color of tape, it can be any color you want, but many players choose black, as it is the same color as the puck itself and allows you to mask that it is in your possession on the ice.

Tape The Bottom of The Blade

You will want to cut a thin strip of cloth tape to cover the bottom of the hockey stick blade, the one that skirts along the ice. Make sure the tape is centered along the edge of the blade itself. It’s also a good idea to make sure the edge of the blade is smooth before applying the tape. If not, consider sanding or filing down the edge.

Wrap The Blade, from Heel to Toe or Toe to Heel

You will want to cut a thin strip of cloth tape to cover the bottom of the hockey stick blade, the one that skirts along the ice. Make sure the tape is centered along the edge of the blade itself. It’s also a good idea to make sure the edge of the blade is smooth before applying the tape. If not, consider sanding or filing down the edge.

Create a Knob on the Grip

Moving up to the grip on your hockey stick, create a knob out of a paper napkin or folded up piece of paper. Tape this to the end of the stick and make sure it is securely in place before you begin to wrap the grip.

Make a Tape Cord

Pull a strip of tape that is the length of your forearm and cut it. One end should be attached to the top of the stick, while the rest of the tape should be twisted over on itself creating a strong cord of tape. Wrap this around the stick diagonally, forming a grip and then attach the other flat end that isn’t twisted to the stick.

Wrap the Grip

Pull a strip of tape that is the length of your forearm and cut it. One end should be attached to the top of the stick, while the rest of the tape should be twisted over on itself creating a strong cord of tape. Wrap this around the stick diagonally, forming a grip and then attach the other flat end that isn’t twisted to the stick.

Cover with Stick Wax

Rub the wax over the taped areas, protecting them from absorbing water on the melting parts of the ice, allowing the tape wrap to last longer. This will also lower the amount of friction it will have against the ice, which could slow you down and effect your shots and passes. Stick wax is ideal for this.

It may seem like a lot at first but the more hockey you play the better you will become at taping your stick. Soon it will become like second nature and you may even have a tough time playing without it. All hockey accessories needed to tape your stick, including grip tape, wrap tape, wax, and grips can all be found at Pure Hockey.