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03-22-2012, 11:04 AM
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Retaping your Hockey Stick

How often do you all retape your hockey sticks? What is a good sign that it's time to retape?

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03-22-2012, 12:15 PM
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How often do you all retape your hockey sticks? What is a good sign that it's time to retape?
Nowadays I usually retape after every skate because I don't skate that often. When I was playing and practicing several times a week, I would generally wait until they were noticably torn or cut up.

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since ive been playing outdoors on smooth concrete i generally have to re-tape the bottom every time i skate.

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I play beer league and I retape every 2-3 games, unless it gets torn up, then it would be sooner.

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usually after every ice time as the tape takes alot of wear

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Thanks for the input. The bottom of the blade is starting to show. Looks like I'll be changing the tape!

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Usually it gets torn up after one game and I retape it. Sometimes I can get 2 or 3 ice times out of it without retaping, but just reapplying wax, but that's rare. If it looks like it's got some knicks, just retape it. I would retape twice a game if I could, for some reason it's just a fun thing to do

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Every 3-4 skates/games, but I'd do it more often if I wasn't so lazy. Love me a freshly taped blade.

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I was wondering... When you guys re-tape your blades, how do you remove the worn out tape? I would personally re-tape more frequently if there was a method easier than spending 3-4 minutes rubbing off all the adhesive with my thumb.

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I was wondering... When you guys re-tape your blades, how do you remove the worn out tape? I would personally re-tape more frequently if there was a method easier than spending 3-4 minutes rubbing off all the adhesive with my thumb.
Well, when I remove my tape there usually isn't much adhesive stuck to the blade. What little there is I just rub off with the tape ball. I think the more often you retape, the less the adhesive is going to stick to the blade.

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The last month or so, I hit my tape with a heat gun after taping to keep it from peeling up. Worked great and didn't have to re-tape as often, but when I did the adhesive got all over the blade and it took 10 minutes to rub it all off. Guess I'd rather re-tape every ice time rather than screw around with all that, so no more heat gun, just press it in.

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After every ice time.

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I retape my goalie stick whenever the tape gets worn through at the heel, otherwise the composite/wood will start to peel

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I think the more often you retape, the less the adhesive is going to stick to the blade.
This is what I have found too. I retape after every game and never have adhesive on my blade. On the other hand, I have retaped peoples blades for them that rarely retape and it is always a mess.

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This is what I have found too. I retape after every game and never have adhesive on my blade. On the other hand, I have retaped peoples blades for them that rarely retape and it is always a mess.
I retape every game or practice unless for some reason I don't play hardly, like I got hurt or something. And I just tape over the glue anyways. I don't care about it and it doesn't seem to make air bubbles, so whats the deal with it? Why not just tape over it, we're not in the show?

Never affected me and I still score goals at a high level.

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I tape mine all the time.

I like the process of taping my stick, and I love the look of a freshly taped blade. I'm also a perfectionist so I'll also re-do a tape job if it doesn't look right (overlaps too close, wrinkles, etc.).

That said, I've seen people using what appears to be a 3 month old tape job on a falling-apart wooden stick, and they still score a ton of goals.

Unless you're at the absolute top of your game, the equipment (and the equipment you put on your equipment) is such a tiny part of your overall performance level that the right answer is probably "replace the tape as often (or as rarely) as you like."

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I tape mine after every game. I can get maybe two stick and puck sessions before I have to retape.

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I only re-tape when the bottom part wears off, which is quite a lot of games actually. The reason being I want to prevent chips to the blade.

Either way, I think I'll stick to what I do (taping every 8-10 games) for now. It has served me well. I might try out wax though. It might not have the same adverse effects as a heat gun as Jarick mentioned.

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Idk if it's the tape I'm using or what but recently like in the past month, my tape has been peeling off/getting torn up after like 2 skates. So I've been re-taping my stick pretty frequently lately. Like the other poster said, I'm also a perfectionist and have to have the tape-job pretty much perfect or I'll re-do it until it's right. LoL. OCD I guess...

Do you guys tape the toe of your stick as well? I just started doing this, probably doesn't affect performance, but I like to think it protects the toe if you're doing toe-drags a lot. I don't like the idea of the bare toe contacting the ice that often.

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Hardly ever. Check out this video for how I do it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPglivB0VcU

The one thing I do differently, is run a piece along the bottom of my blade. I do this for a couple reasons like making sure my stick lie is okay, and to help me get some grip into the ice to flex my stick. I change that piece along the bottom pretty much every game.

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Hardly ever. Check out this video for how I do it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPglivB0VcU

The one thing I do differently, is run a piece along the bottom of my blade. I do this for a couple reasons like making sure my stick lie is okay, and to help me get some grip into the ice to flex my stick. I change that piece along the bottom pretty much every game.
Does putting that extra strip on the bottom really add extra grip to the ice? With a normal tape job you already have tape on the bottom, so does adding this strip really make a difference? Reason I'm asking is because I'm having trouble getting some flex on my shots and I think it's because my stick slips out too easily.

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I really don't think it makes a lot of difference, but to each their own.

I typically tape over the toe, didn't last night, and ended up missing the net on five great scoring chances. Five. Doubt it's related but that damn toe is getting taped over next time.

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I tape the toe. More because I think it looks cleaner than anything.

Really, the reason I retape my sticks so often is because I f***ing love hockey and just retaping my sticks makes me happy.

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Same. I think I taped all my sticks twice since the game before.

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Does putting that extra strip on the bottom really add extra grip to the ice? With a normal tape job you already have tape on the bottom, so does adding this strip really make a difference? Reason I'm asking is because I'm having trouble getting some flex on my shots and I think it's because my stick slips out too easily.
Like Jarick said, probably not, it's just a mental thing I think, but if baseball players can be superstitious, so can I.

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