How To Tape A Hockey Stick
Many players prepare their new hockey stick for action on the ice by taping the blade and the butt end. This protects the blade from wear and tear and gives you a better grip on the stick shaft. Tape on the blade also
keeps moisture and ice from building up, causing the puck to slip off the blade—not a good thing. Here's how to tape your stick.
Be sure to use hockey tape, which is a poly/cotton cloth blend with long-lasting adhesive properties, available from purehockey.com—the color is up to you.
Before taping the blade itself, consider placing a strip of hockey tape over the toe of the blade so the tape runs along the bottom, around the toe, and then a couple inches over the top. This provides a little more durability so you won't wear
out the bottom of the blade as quickly as you might if the blade is unprotected. Tamp down the tape around the blade.
Start the tape wraps on the blade itself from either the toe or the bend of the stick—it's personal preference. We'll start wrapping from from the toe. Overlap the tape as you wind it around the blade, being careful that the tape doesn't bunch
up or wrinkle: You want smooth wraps over the blade. If creases or wrinkles develop as you wrap the tape around the blade, simply trim off this extra with sharp scissors.
Finishing The Tape On The Blade
After the blade is taped, we recommend applying wax so the puck bites on the blade as you play. Use hockey stick wax for this. Lots of players also rub a hockey puck back and forth along the blade, which keeps water and ice from sticking to the tape; the black scuff marks may also help hide the puck from the goalie, if you're using white tape. If that's your plan, you can always use black tape on the blade.
Taping The Butt Of The Hockey Stick
It's handy to have a knob on top of your stick, and tape wraps on the shaft will give you a better grip on the stick. Start by adding some paper or a strip of napkin on the top of the stick, which serves as a base over which you'll wrap tape to
build up the knob. Tear the tape in half on the roll, so you use a half-strip of tape to cover the butt, making the knob with these thinner wraps of tape. It's your call—make the knob as big or as small as you prefer. Press down to compress
and smooth the knob and start winding the tape (the full tape, not torn in half) down the shaft, overlapping the tape as you wind 10 to 12 inches down the shaft. This gives you a good grip on the stick.
Try A Rib On The Shaft
Some players add a ribbed grip section on their hockey stick. It's a cool idea. Here's how. You make your knob at the top and then tear off about a foot or more of tape and twist it into a rope. Spiral-wind the sticky rope around the shaft, so the
rib runs down about eight inches or a foot or so from the top knob. Now cover up the rib with your tape, so you have a basic do-it-yourself grip with a rib. We often finish off these tape wraps with clear hockey tape, which alleviates friction
on the palms of your hockey gloves and saves them from wearing out.