Taping a goalie stick involves slightly different technique then that used when taping a hockey stick. Goalie sticks use a lot more tape, and they’re most commonly taped in three different places: the blade, the paddle grip, and the knob.
Advantages of taping a knob on a goalie stick
There are a few advantages to taping a large knob on the top of a goalie stick. One of the biggest advantages of a knob at the top of the stick is that it prevents the stick from slipping out of the goalies hand when poke checking. The second biggest advantage to taping a knob on your goalie stick is that it makes it easier to shoot the puck. The added grip at the top of the stick allows the goalie to handle it easier with a large blocker.
Step by Step How To Tape A Goalie Stick
Taping the goalie stick blade
Taping the goalie stick is very similar to taping a hockey stick, with the exception of the style of tape used. Most goalies use a wider hockey tape to tape their stick, because it takes less of it, therefor reducing the weight. The disadvantage to using wide tape when taping a goalie stick is it leaves less room for overlap, which decreases the amount of blade protection.
- Remove old tape and unconformities
- Choose your tape and tape color
- Decide whether or not to utilize a flat tape layer
- Tape from toe to heel
- Flatten tape
- Wax the tape for best puck control
Remove old tape and unconformities
This is important as it will help the tape adhere to the stick blade better, increasing the life of your tape job.
Choose your tape and tape color
Ever wonder what color tape should be used when taping a goalie stick? White is the most common type of tape used to tape a goalie stick, for one single reason. White tape is harder for a referee to confuse as a puck in a situation where the goalie is scrambling for the puck in their crease. Believe it or not, this is the reason most goalie sticks are taped white.
The style of tape also matters. Most goalies utilize a wider tape, to reduce the amount of tape and weight they’re adding to the stick. Wider tape provides less double coverage, so it does decrease the protection offered by tape on the blade.
Decide whether or not to utilize a flat tape layer
A flat tape layer along the bottom of the goalie stick helps to protect the bottom of the stick from the impact of pucks. While the majority of NHL goalies do not use a flat tape layer as it “adds weight”, it’s one of the easiest ways to increase the life of your goalie stick. Nearly every time a puck is shot along the ice and the goalie uses their stick to make a save, it’s done with the very bottom of the goalie stick. Add a flat tape layer on the bottom of your goalie stick before you start to tape, you’ll never notice the weight difference and it’ll increase the life of both your tape and goalie stick.
Tape from toe to heel
Always start taping from the toe of the goalie stick. The reason why goalies tape from toe to heel, is that the tape lays in such a way that the puck rolls off the stick when shooting or passing. It’s a subtle difference, but it makes a difference. Taping the stick should always be done from toe to heel.
Once you’ve applied tape to the desired amount of the blade (we recommend taping the full blade, an inch past the heel), it’s time to flatten the tape itself. Flattening the tape can be done by hand, or with a puck. Flattening the tape of a goalie stick helps it to better adhere to the blade itself, increasing the life of your tape job.
Wax the tape for best puck control
The majority of goalies use wax on their tape to lengthen the lifespan of the tape used, as well as to improve puck control. It’s recommended that you wax a goalie stick for these exact reasons. When waxing a goalie stick, ensure that the entire blade is covered in wax. Unlike players, a goalie keeps their stick touching the ice for the majority of the game, so it’s likely to run through tape much faster.
Goalie Stick Taping Examples
There are countless goalie stick tape job examples out there. Here are a few of our favorites.
Thatcher Demko uses a 3/4 tape job on his stick. Photo by @doncarlson4524
Olle Eriksson Ek of the Anaheim Ducks uses a minimalistic stick taping style, with hardly any tape on the blade of his goalie stick. Photo by @doncarlson4524
Lukas Dostal of the Anaheim Ducks overtapes the heel of his stick, leaving the toe exposed. Photo by @doncarlson4524
Taping the paddle grip
Taping the paddle grip of a goalie stick is a relatively straight forward process and it’s actually not necessary that a goalie does it. With that being said, it can dramatically improve both the shock absorption of the stick, as well as increase a goalies ability to control rebounds.
Whenever tape is added to the paddle grip section of the goalie stick, it gives the goalie the ability to move the stick more dramatically, quickly. This aids in rebound control as less movement is needed to redirect the puck.
One of the most common ways to tape the paddle grip section of the goalie stick is to utilize medical tape, secured by hockey tape on the top and bottom.
Here are some examples of how to tape the paddle grip section of your goalie stick.
Goalie Paddle Grip Taping Examples
Kaapo Kahkonen uses hockey tape for added grip on his stick paddle. Photo by @doncarlson4524
Taping the goalie stick knob
Properly taping the goalie stick knob is one of the most important parts to taping a goalie stick. Knobs must be taped so that the goalie can use their blocker hand to stop the stick when used in poke checking, as well as for improving puck control when shooting or passing the puck.
Arguably, taping the knob is most important than even properly taping the paddle grip section of the stick. Without taping the goalie stick knob, the goalie is left with a slippery surface that dramatically reduces overall puck control when handling the puck.
Goalie Stick Knob Taping Examples
There are many different techniques to taping the goalie stick knob. Here are a few of our favorites.
Alex Lyon uses one of the more interesting goalie knobs I’ve noticed in awhile. It appears to be a wide length of medical grip tape at the top of his stick. Photo by @doncarlson3424