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There are actually several answers to the question – why do hockey players tape their sticks? First, players may tape their stick to protect it from wear, tear, and damage. Secondly, players tape their sticks to change how the stick feels and how the player handles it. Lastly, taping a hockey stick can change the control and interaction between the stick and the puck.

To learn more about each of the reasons players tape their sticks, keep reading. Then check out KwikRink Synthetic Ice.

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Taping hockey sticks for protection

Back in the days of wooden sticks, wrapping friction tape on your hockey stick was a way to protect the stick from ice melt so that it didn’t warp.

A warped hockey stick makes it challenging to execute the perfect pass. Wooden sticks also are prone to splintering, and taping helped to prevent that from happening.

As the game moved from wood sticks to composite sticks, and with the development of synthetic hockey ice, protection from warping due to snow and ice buildup became less of an issue.

Protecting the blade is still essential, however, and taping the stick still prevents the blade from chipping or breaking.

Taping for added stick and puck control

Another reason players tape their hockey sticks is to increase their control over the stick and the puck. Composite sticks can feel slippery. Taping the handle can improve the player’s grip on the stick.

Often a player will use tape to create a knob at the end of the shaft. This knob helps to prevent the stick from slipping out of the player’s hand and makes the stick handier to pick up when dropped.

More tape added to the shaft improves the player’s grip on the stick, which makes it easier to control the puck.

Adding tape improves the contact between the blade and the puck. The taped surface of the blade makes it easier to control the puck and accurately shoot a pass across the expanse of the rink to a speeding teammate.

The contact provided by the taped surface can also make it easier for the player to put more spin on the puck. That may be the difference between the puck spinning into the corner of the net or landing in the goalie’s glove.

After taping their stick, some players add a coat of wax or mink oil to the taped stick. If you are playing on natural ice, the wax layer can protect against snow or ice buildup. It can also allow for a little more friction between blade and puck, helping the player to control the puck better.

How do hockey players tape their sticks?

The most frequently used tape for hockey sticks is cloth tape. Most people are familiar with the cloth tape used in the past for medical bandages. The tape used today to wrap a hockey stick is very similar.

There are many techniques for taping hockey stick blades. Probably the most common is to wrap the tape across the blade. Players may differ on how much tape to use, the amount of blade to cover, or the width of the tape. All will affect the blade surface and, therefore, how it interacts with the puck.

Wrapping tape around the blade does cause some additional drag between the stick and the ice, which some players find makes stick handling more difficult.

One alternative is to place a single strip of tape across the length of the blade, which does provide some additional control of the puck without creating the friction between the ice and the stick.

As a note of caution, it is unwise to retape over a previous tape job, or it will weigh down your stick with the watery tape of the prior effort.

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Where to use each taping technique

The single strip method may be particularly useful when skating on the synthetic ice sheets that are becoming more common and are available in all sizes from custom practice areas to home ice skating rinks, to full-scale training centers.

Fully taping the blades is beneficial when skating on traditional ice where the player wants to avoid warping due to water damage or as extra insurance against breaking and splintering.

In the final analysis, hockey stick taping may be more art than science. There are as many ways to prepare a hockey stick for action as there are hockey players. Some of the best players in the history of the game took different approaches.

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Do all hockey players tape their sticks?

If you look at the stick that Bobby Orr used to score the winning goal in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup, you will struggle to find any tape. He didn’t really like using it and gradually reduced the amount he used over his career.

Whether science or superstition, stick taping is an integral part of hockey. If you are facing off at center ice in the NHL or a subscriber to the NHL Center Ice television package, understanding the intricacies of the game will enhance your enjoyment of it.

Enhance your game

Now that your stick is ready to go, how about your rink? KwikRink® Synthetic Ice is a superior ice surface for competitive athletes and recreational skaters.

If you run a commercial rink, are a competitive athlete, or you’re an ardent fan, call and find out how KwikRink Synthetic Ice can enhance your game.

 

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Are you thinking of adding a synthetic ice rink to attract more customers? Maybe you are wondering how beneficial it will be, how much you will actually use it?

Maybe you already have a portable ice rink, and you are looking for ways to expand it as an attraction. Are you wondering how you can expand upon an already great idea?

If you fall into either of these categories, congratulations, you’re in the right place. KwikRink Synthetic Ice is here with some great ideas to help make your synthetic ice rink even more popular. You will be amazed at what adding a few cool shooting targets or hosting some genuinely spectacular special events will do for your business.

Synthetic ice is an excellent and lucrative addition to any special event or promotion. KwikRink Synthetic Ice makes it easy with its rental rinks.

Consider renting a portable synthetic ice rink for your next event. If you are unsure if you would like to rent or own your rink, take advantage of the rent-to-buy program.

We will let you test out our rink on a month-to-month basis, allowing you the time to decide what you want to buy.

Contact us today to find out which option is right for you. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will walk you through the whole process. We aim to make it as easy on you as possible.

But why do I need a synthetic ice rink, you may be asking. Let us tell you.

Spice Up Your Special Event

Add a little skating fun to your next promotion or special event with a temporary synthetic ice rink. Here are a few theme options that are sure to blow your customers away.

Winter Wonderland Rinks

Winter Wonderland

No matter the time of year, people love to experience the wonder of snow and ice. If the cold part is left out, even better.

Turn your next event into a glittery winter wonderland. Go all out with fake snow. Offer delicious frozen treats and snow cones. You can even have white cotton candy.

Decorate with fancy fake icicles and use white tablecloths and decorations. Your centerpiece, though, will be your fabulous synthetic ice rink.

The joy on the faces of your customers and guests will be all the proof you need to know that you made the right decision.

Christmas in July

…or August, or May, or whenever!

Bring a little Christmas cheer to your next gathering. You can buy synthetic Christmas trees or even make them from paper or wire. If one of your employees is game, have him or her dress up as Santa and allow the kids to express their Christmas wishes early.

You can serve hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Decorate everything with green and red to give it the right festive feel.

You can even name your temporary rink the North Pole for even more fun. The kids, both big and little, will love it!

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Skating Under the Stars

One way to kick your event up a notch is by having it at night. Imagine a well-lit and fabulous outdoor setting with a synthetic rink at the center. Your guests and customers will lose themselves in the whimsy as they skate hand in hand.

Add even more magic with strings of twinkle lights overhead. To extend the fun, consider using a projector to stream your favorite winter movies; bonus points if they are skating-themed.

Adults Only

Skating with the family is great, but sometimes moms and dads need a little break. What better way to bring your customers to you, without the kids, than an adults-only event.

What 21 and up party is complete without a few signature cocktails? Check out this list of winter-themed drinks that are sure to spice up any party.

Events and promotions aren’t the only reason to consider a temporary synthetic rink. This next one goes out to all the hockey aficionados.

Hockey, Anyone?

You can rent a temporary synthetic rink for hockey-themed events. Everyone will be able to connect with their athletic side and have fun at the same time.

Cool Shooting Targets

Combine athleticism and accuracy by having your customers or guests practice their shooting. Make shooting practice even more fun with these cool shooting targets.

If you are feeling creative, check out these fun DIY ideas.

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Hockey-Themed Game Ideas

Hockey Uniform Relay
  • Divide into teams
  • Give each team one matching set of hockey gear
  • Once you start the race, the first person on the team must put on the entire uniform, run across the room and back, and take off the uniform
  • The next player repeats
  • Each player takes his or her turn
  • The team with the fastest time wins
Shoot It Up
  • Give each player a net and the same amount of balls or pucks
  • Have each player shoot his or her pucks or balls into his or her individual net
  • Whichever player scores the most goals at the end of the round wins
  • Extend the fun by turning the game into a tournament with a championship round
Beach Ball Hockey Race
  • Divide into teams
  • Each team gets a beach ball, a hockey stick, and a goal
  • Each player on the team must push the beach ball with the hockey stick into the goal
  • All players go in turn
  • The first team to go through all their players wins
Drill Areas- With Prizes!
  • Set up drill areas with referees on separate areas of the rink
  • Have all participants compete in each drill area
  • Have the referees keep everyone’s score at each area
  • Tally up the scores
  • The player with the highest score wins a fabulous prize!

Whatever type of event you are planning to have, one thing is sure–it will be better with a synthetic ice rink from KwikRink. Your guests or customers will have a great time, and you will be happy with the return business it brings.

Contact us today to see what we can do to help make your next event a success.

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Hockey has steadily been gaining popularity among people of all ages in the last several years. This increase in demand has led to many opportunities for new hockey businesses.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice rinks do not require a lot of space, maintenance, money, or time. Synthetic ice is not affected by weather or temperature, and best of all, no Zamboni needed!

If you are passionate about hockey and wish there was a way you could build that passion into a business, check out the ideas below. Then contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice to get started on your custom rink today.

Starting a new business

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Take it to the students

Schools are always looking for ways to expand their physical education curriculum while staying within their budget. You could offer to set up and rent rinks to schools throughout your area.

Students would have an opportunity to try something possibly new to them right within their own walls. Avoid the logistic nightmare coordinating a field trip to a local ice rink, no lost time from other classes, and an excellent way to get some exercise.

Gym floors are an ideal place to set up a synthetic rink because they are large and flat. KwikRink hockey tiles piece together like a jigsaw puzzle so you can easily set the rink and then take it away when the program is finished.

Most Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) have money in their budget for special activities like this. When you reach out to the school, you could reach out to the PTO at the same time.

Before and after-school programs are also always looking for ways to keep students engaged. Physical education, before and after-school programs, or special events by PTOs, could all tap into one rink for a high utilization rate across multiple expense streams — always a good selling point.

Off-Season Camps

Nothing worse than having your outdoor hockey season cut short by an unusually warm winter. Or maybe there’s a business opportunity there — one that uses synthetic ice that is not affected by temperature extremes and doesn’t require a massive indoor refrigeration system.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice can be used any time of year, not just during hockey season. A true hockey enthusiast never wants to stop skating and is always looking for ways to improve.

Week-long, half-day, and full-day camps are getting so popular in the summer that most have waiting lists by March. Open a hockey training camp, indoor or out with synthetic ice hockey tiles. There are plenty of opportunities to make a place in this market.

Recreational leagues

Men, women, boys, and girls all enjoy hockey. This diverse customer base allows you to set up a wide variety of leagues.

First, figure out a location – all you need is a flat surface. Your KwikRink can be custom designed to the space you have available. Think empty retail or warehouse space.

If you don’t want to invest in something quite so permanent, check to see if you could partner with a local park or community center to set up your rink and host recreational leagues for a month or more.

Registration fees are the main income source for this type of program. Keep reading to find out some other ways you could generate income from a hockey-based business.

Expanding your existing business

Do you already have a hockey rink and want to expand it? The ideas below may get you thinking “outside the rink.”

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Skate rental

Second-hand sports stores, thrift stores, and neighborhood groups are a great resource to find used ice skates. You can build a collection of them and rent them to patrons of your rink. These rentals would give more people the ability to use the rink because not everyone has skates.

Skate Sharpening

Having skate sharpening available at your rink allows your customers to use your service rather than have to go to a specialty shop to get it done. On-site sharpening is a benefit to you and the customer as it keeps the business in house.

Snack stand

Being on the ice works up an appetite. Watching your kids skate for hours does as well. Setting up a snack bar would be a way to keep your customers fed while you make some extra money.

Hockey Accessories

Tape frays, skate guards get lost, and mouth guards seemingly get eaten by something. These can put the game into a deep freeze for some players. If you have a place at your rink where they could get these accessories and others, the game can continue.

Black and white photo of kid's hockey gear: helmet, stick, gloves, skates

Used Equipment Consignment

People outgrow or upgrade equipment regularly, and not everyone can buy new. Setting up a consignment corner is a great way to keep the game going. The seller makes a profit, you make a commission, and the buyer gets a deal. The best part about this is that you need minimal space to make this work.

Open Skate Time

Take advantage of your rink and the people in your area who want to skate for fun by offering open skate times. For an admission price, people could skate for a few hours without hockey going on.

Small Practice Space

Becoming a better hockey player doesn’t happen only during the games. There are plenty of small space drills that can be done and don’t require a full sheet of ice. Add small practice areas to your business with synthetic ice.

KwikRink can customize hockey tiles to any space. This space could be rented out for an additional fee or offered as a way to make your business stand out from the others.

You could use these small areas as a place for you to give demonstrations, or for your customers to try out some of those great hockey accessories you might have for sale.

Build on your passion

Whether you have a permanent place to set up your rink or have made it mobile, synthetic ice gives you a cost-effective way to build a business around your passion.

Use KwikRink Synthetic Ice indoors and outdoors, no matter what time of year, with minimal maintenance. Check out our gallery for some great ideas of how and where you can put a synthetic ice rink to good use for your business.