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Why Do Players Tape the Blade of a Hockey Stick?

author image Sari Hardyal
Based in Dayton, Ohio, Sari Hardyal has been writing fitness, sports, entertainment and health-related articles for more than five years. Hardyal holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Miami University and is pursuing her master's degree in occupational therapy and her doctorate in physical therapy. She is a certified personal trainer with the National Federation of Professional Trainers.
Why Do Players Tape the Blade of a Hockey Stick?
A hockey stick taped the blade. Photo Credit: Adam_Lazar/iStock/Getty Images

Wrapping hockey tape around the blade of the stick is common among hockey players of all skill levels. The reasons people give for wrapping the blade range from helping the player control the puck to protecting the stick. Taping methods vary from player to player, but all are geared toward improving the game.

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Puck Control

Taping the blade of a hockey stick causes more friction between the puck and the stick, which allows the player better control of the puck. Without the tape, the blade would become wet and slippery, causing the puck to slide off the blade. The additional friction also helps create spin when shooting the puck, which helps the puck's stability when flying through the air.


Hockey tape is available in a variety of colors and patterns. Many hockey players prefer to use black tape on the stick blade because it causes the puck to blend in, making it more difficult for the opponent to see the puck.

Stick Preservation

Taping the stick blade creates a barrier between the ice and the blade. This prolongs the life of a wooden stick by not allowing the stick to absorb water from any melting ice. The tape also helps prevent chipping and splintering of both wooden and composite blades.

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