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At North American Tapes we are hockey fans, hockey players and above all experts on all things tape from our many, many years of experience in this business. We know best hockey tape better than anyone in the world. Putting those experiences together is how we made Comp-o-stik the best performing hockey tape in the world. Here are some myths and misconceptions about tape and our take on them.
Highlights of hockey tape rules around the world.
NHL – link
A player may apply tape anywhere on his stick for reinforcement or to enhance control of the puck. He may use any color tape that he prefers.
Goalies must use a knob of white tape or some other protective material approved by the league on the top of the stick that is a minimum of ½” thick.
Any player wearing tape or any other material on his hands (below the wrist) who cuts or injures an opponent during an altercation will receive a match penalty in addition to any other penalties imposed including for fighting under this rule.
IIHF – link
Adhesive tape of any non-fluorescent color may be wrapped around the stick at any place.
Only tape that is rolled onto a stick is allowed for covering the blade. Any adhesive peel-and-stick tape is illegal.
USA Hockey – link
Adhesive tape of any color may be wrapped around the stick at any place for the purpose of reinforcement or to improve control of the puck.
Any player wearing tape or any other material on his hands who cuts or injures an opponent during an altercation shall receive a match penalty under Rule 602.
(Hockey Canada Rules app for Apple/Android)
The stick may be wound with any colour tape. This means that any colour or combination of colours may be used.
Where a player is using a stick that has a large knob taped down from the end of the shaft so that, while she is playing with this stick, there is a considerable part of the butt-end sticking out beyond her upper glove, this should be classified as dangerous equipment, even though the player is in no way using this part of the stick.
Any player wearing a ring or rings, tape or any other material on her hands, who becomes involved in a fight and who uses such to gain an advantage or to inflict punishment and/or injury, shall be assessed a Match penalty in addition to any other penalties she may incur.
Tape Myths and Misconceptions
We think the source of this myth goes back to the days when people used Friction Tape as black hockey tape. Friction tape does have adhesive on both sides of the cloth and it would certainly be more likely to wear out hockey glove palms quicker.