How To Tape a Hockey Stick

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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  1. Reply 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.

  2. Reply 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.

  3. Reply 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 !

  4. Reply 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.

  5. Reply Paco May 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I don’t put tape on my knob.

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  7. Reply hockey player April 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    heel toe lifts faster and white tape

  8. Reply 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

  9. Reply Cédric 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…

  10. Reply 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

    • Reply 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.

  11. Reply Gage May 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

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

  12. Reply 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.

  13. Reply 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

  14. Reply 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)

  15. Reply Newatit April 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    My son played “hall hockey” with the guys at work today so we bought two sticks tonight. 8 minutes of video, 10 minutes of taping and off we go! Thanks!

  16. Reply jak April 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I use a large knob and the rope thing AND some grip tape over the whole thing. I am right handed and shoot left and do a lot of one handed stick work (active stick on the PK!) so I need a good grip with my top hand. I also tape very low on the grip because I like to “choke-up” on the top of the stick if I have to take a face-off.

    My blade is quite different. I use peel and stick sandpaper and no tape. You get a really snappy shot and the sandpaper grips the puck really well for wrist shots and stick handling. Not as soft for receiving a pass but way better for shooting.

  17. Reply Urfa March 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    i also found that when you are doing the rope type thing and you are covering the rope, make sure that it goes in the other direction or it will wrinkle, alot.

  18. Reply john March 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    these vidieos are the bomb

  19. Reply Urfa February 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    i always wondered why people like ovechkin tape the blade only halfway instead of doing all of it. i just like to cover the toe when im doing the blade

  20. Reply Chris February 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I like to use a puck when I’m done taping, then some candle wax. The tape soaks up water and I believe the wax helps keep it dry. It also gives a bit of grip.


    • Reply Urfa February 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      but you can also use hockey wax right? or does that not work as well

    • Reply Jeremy February 28, 2011 at 12:49 am

      I think mostly all wax works well.

  21. Reply liam January 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    i do what you did with the tape but i do a tiny little knob

    • Reply liam January 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      sorry i also meant to say i will email you a picture of what i do with my knob

  22. Reply clay January 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Thanks a lot for the video. I think you should put a video up on how to tape a goalies stick too.

    • Reply Urfa February 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      i think that the blade is pretty much the same.

  23. Reply Olivia November 27, 2010 at 1:31 am

    i start by putting a strip on the bottom of the blade from the heel all the way around the toe to cover the top 3 inches of the blade. i then go from a little before the toe to the heel wrapping to just a little before the heel leaving some of the bottom strip showing for protection and to rip it off when it needs to be changed. after im done i cut the edges off around the toe for a pretty and clean look. :)

  24. Reply Jonny November 17, 2010 at 4:05 am

    I do the butt of the stick exactly as you showed in the video, except that I make the knob with the full width of the tape.

    On the blade I’ve always gone from heel to toe, never tried the other way. However, you said you did it in the video slowly- and I thought you were moving pretty quick. When I tape my blade I am meticulous. I have it just so that there is only an overlap of about an 8th of an inch on every rotation.

    Earlier in my career, I did as some of you have said in that I would tape up with heavy overlap, and tape up a large part of the shaft- especially where the blade met the shaft on a two piece. The reason that I stopped doing this is because as I applied more and more tape over the course of several games, the stick would become heavier and heavier. Maybe not a significant weight difference, but noticeable for sure.

  25. Reply Alex Hyde November 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    The way I tape my blade is pretty much the same way you do it, I start from the Toe, but I like to put more of an angle on the tape. I also do not put a build up of tape on the end of the stick, it is just because when I play I leave my pinky part of my hand off the stick. Really, like you said it is all personal preference. Thanks for the great videos!

  26. Reply austyn November 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    What kind of hockey tape fo u use and where do u get it from?

    • Reply Urfa February 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      yeah i also want to know that. the one i use aint that good, it keeps wrinkling and ripping

    • Reply Jeremy February 28, 2011 at 12:49 am

      I usually buy my tape from Canadian Tire or Source for Sports. There is not specific kind that I use, but I look for quality tape. Some of them just look too thin and low quality.

    • Reply Urfa March 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      thanks i have a cnadian tire close but i didnt really use it for hockey tape :)

  27. Reply Dallas October 31, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I tape my stick from heel to toe very simple when i get to the toe i leave slack until i get to the end of the toe then i press the extra tape together and then cut it off it looks sharp also

  28. Reply James October 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    For the blade I do toe to heel. I put a strip along the bottom of the blade (personal preferance) and go down about 2/3 of the blade. I have had many ways of doing my blade but this one feels better when I shoot and stick handle.

  29. Reply Alex October 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Toe to heel for the blade. I start almost at the toe and tape until about halfway down the blade. For the grip I do a few looks around the top of the shaft, then do a few inches of the ‘spin grip’ (not sure the technical/offical name) then tape over that.

  30. Reply Don Barthel October 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    You imply that you tape from heel to toe so that there are no ridges to catch the puck when it spins from heel to toe during a wrist shot. I think that having ridges there would be useful to help the puck spin sooner (i.e. as when taping from toe to heel).

    Additionally, taping from toe to heel prevents ridges that will catch when sliding along the ice when you are skating forwards.

    • Reply Jeremy October 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

      Yes, some players prefer having the ridges there. Try out a few methods and stick to what you like 😀

  31. Reply Matt October 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I always tape up the toe first with a short piece of tape on the edge. Last night I tried experimenting going toe-to-heel. When stickhandling, I didn’t notice any difference from heel-to-toe, but I haven’t tried shooting yet.

    For street hockey, I do the length-wise approach (Heel-toe, over the edge and back to the heel on the backhand), and leave the bottom of the blade uncovered. Tape on the bottom of the blade wears off in a matter of minutes for me, but I guess if I was playing on sport court it would be different. Also, I use high-friction/extra-tacky tape for street. I do like it, but it leaves marks on everything.

    For the end, I’ve been using the Oggie Ergo grips for a while. I used tape like a normal person for ages, but my top hand would always get tired after about 10 minutes of stickhandling practice (small hands). Plus there’s the whole glove-palm destruction thing.

    I tried a Tacki Mac slide on grip too, but it was too thick and actually made my hand fatigue and cramp worse than with just tape. Also, taking it off was a pain. There’s really no good way to take it off without destroying it.

    The Ergo grip does take a minute to get used to, especially when practicing toe drags. But other than that, it feels pretty natural. Oggie does make a non-ergo style plug too, but I’ve never tried it.

  32. Reply Dan October 20, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I definitely use a lot of tape, more for protecting the stick than anything. It didn’t take me long to start taping the bottom of the shaft of the stick, having seen the damage I had been incurring there, from other players, but probably even more so my own active stick, and I’ll tape it down from about 16 inches or so down to just above the heel, making sure to overlap it so that it has a double layer.

    The one difference with my taping of the blade is that I’ll start of with a strip of tape along the bottom of the blade to the toe, and from there start my taping back from toe to heel. More often than not replacement is due to the tape being worn out on the bottom.

  33. Reply Joseph October 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for the great videos.

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