How To Tape a Hockey Stick

How to tape hockey stick

by Jeremy Rupke on October 18, 2010

Getting a new hockey stick is a big purchase now-a-days. When I started playing hockey I would buy $10 wooden kohos from Canadian Tire, now I am dropping $100 for a mid-level one piece hockey stick! Some players are spending up to $300 on a stick, that might break after a few games. If you are spending so much on a stick, you want to make sure you get the best out of it, and one of the ways to get the most out of your hockey stick is to have a good tape job!

Hockey sticks are like owning a pet, your stick is your best friend, you take a lot of time picking out a new one and when you get it the tape job is your time to bond. I always look forward to taping up my new stick. I thought it would be cool to share how I tape my hockey stick, and then get some feedback from other hockey players (like you) on how they tape their stick. Remember there really is no “right way” to tape a stick, everyone has their way, and in the videos below I share how I like to tape my hockey stick.

How to Tape the Blade of a Hockey Stick

In this video I show you how I tape the blade of my hockey stick and also mention a bunch of other options that I have seen team mates and also NHL players use. Let me know how you tape the blade of your hockey stick in the comments on this page, or with a youtube video response.

How to Tape Hockey Stick Grip

In this video I show you my favourite way to tape a hockey stick grip. I like a decent grip that I do by twirling the hockey tape so it is like a rope and twisting it around the top of my hockey stick. For the knob I use a technique that I saw a lot of NHL players using, I tried it and loved it. Watch the video to see how I tape the grip of my hockey stick, and share your method in the comments section, or with a youtube video response

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Jeremy Rupke

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Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Mike May 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

To tape my son’s sticks I wrap the whole blade including the toe and heel starting with a piece of tape on the bottom of the blade for the whole length. The main reason is to extend the life of the stick. He doesn’t break the sticks (yet) but the wear on the toe and heel is very surprising and by wrapping the whole blade it prevents chipping and splitting. The sticks aren’t high end but mid level composites and maybe this is the reason they don’t last but I can’t justify (yet) buying the high end sticks.

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Isabelle January 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

Tanks for the tips. I had to do it for my 3 years old boy and my 6 years old daughter and it helped me a lot.

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Hank Rodio January 12, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Yo Jeremy – It’s Hank from NJ – just clicked on How to Hockey and watched your stick taping videos. Taping from toe to heel from now on ! Always wondered why the tape was getting frayed up. As usual, you bring comon sense and fun to learning – Thanks !

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Kevin July 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Heel to toe. 1) you get better grip on the puck with the ribs going this way, and, 2) you get less build up of snow, ice, water with heel to toe too. Toe to heel, and the ribs face towards the toe and can pick up more snow and ice as you skate. That used to be more of a problem with wood sticks, but I still think heel to toe is better with composites too. A trick I do to better lift the puck is electrical tape along the bottom of the blade under the cloth tape. Creates a little lip under the cloth tape. Easier to lift the puck with that lip there. ;-). I use black on the blade for the same reason as mentioned, harder to see the puck.

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Paco May 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I don’t put tape on my knob.

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hockey player April 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

heel toe lifts faster and white tape

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hunter December 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

you should tape your stick heel to toe not toe to heel. you can take better shots then

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C├ędric August 9, 2011 at 1:36 am

Hi. For what it worth, I use BladeTape (special rubber made blade sticks). The main reason is because I play Roller Hockey (Yeah I know, shame on me but I ive in Laval, France, small town, no ice rink, but same passion !) and the pucks are not as “grippy” (no rubber) as regular ice ones. It is really handy but very expansive and I don’t change it often, due to cost. But you can do really nice tricks…

For the knob,I don’t do the spiral and don’t go far like you (to have my bottom hand quickly moving along the stick) and make a huge puppet for the same reasons as John…

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harinder May 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm

hi my name is harinder and i play alot of street hockey and i was thinking about joining ice hockey and i live in surrey BC were can i sign upand do the ice hockey people teach you how to skate or do u have to learn by yourself

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Sajan September 6, 2011 at 1:17 am

Depends on your age, for under ten year olds they teach you the basics, but for teenagers they generally expect you to know how or to take lessons in your spare time. I am 15 and live in Maple Ridge and I don’t really see any amateurs starting at this age, however there are a few. If you have the drive to learn, then you should play for sure.

Gage May 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

I forgot to ask. what brand tape do you use and is it friction tape

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Gage May 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

for the blade i do the exact same thing but i use white tape because it is more convienent for me because i also use white tape on the knob. i dont to a rope or really even a knob, i just do a grip. i use white because it is easier on the gloves, but also you can write your number on in sharpie.

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nick May 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

hi my name is nick i play aaa and i play defense so i use white tape i pretty much do it the same way as you just heel to toe. for the knob i also do the same way just my rope turns and wider apart and i use easton se16 bauer vapor x 60 and reebok 11k

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john s May 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I’m like Jak
I used to not tape a knob, just grip at the end, until you drop your stick (it gets slashed) and spend 5 minutes trying to pick up a stick that is lying flat on the ice, which you can’t until you remove your glove and use your bare hand
Now I have this huge knob so that there is almost a centimetre of space under the shaft when it is lying on the ice. Like Jak, I also put the knob down low to choke up on as well for face offs, but it is also a good handle for one handed use, with the knob right in the middle of your palm
I know this discussion was for taping the blade, but I thought the knob was more interesting (my brother is a urologist, so he’s the expert)

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