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Prolong the life of your hockey stick

September 7, 2019

(upbeat music) – Hey, guys, Jeremy
here from How To Hockey with The Hockey Movement. And in this video I’m
talking about three ways we can prolong the life
of your hockey stick. These things can be expensive so wanna make sure we can squeeze every last dollar we can out of them. Let’s get right to it. There’s two main ways a
hockey stick’s gonna break. The first one is right along the bottom of the blade right here. And the second one is along the shaft. I break most of mine along
the bottom of the blade. So I’m gonna talk about that first. It’s pretty common for hockey sticks to break along the bottom of the blade. But a lot of the newer hockey players don’t know about this. So what you can do is
grab your hockey stick, grab the toe right here
and then grab the heel and give it a little twist. And if that’s opening up right there, if you see a crack or
anything, that opening up, your hockey stick is pooched. What happens is when you shoot then the blade is gonna open up and you’re gonna lose a lot of power and a lot of accuracy. So test your stick right now, see if there’s any give. It should be nice and firm. If the blade wiggles or twists at all it might be time for a new hockey stick. How can you prevent the bottom
of your blade from breaking? The easiest way is just to
always keep it taped up. So you can see my tape’s worn off here and I’ve continued to stickhandle with it. And it doesn’t even matter
if you’re just on the ice. Even the ice stickhandling
contact with the surface is gonna be wearing that away. A little bit slower than
if you’re off the ice. But it still does wear. So you wanna re-tape your stick any time you see any of
the blade coming through. That’s gonna help prolong the
life of your hockey stick. You can see the compos
of material on the stick starting to wear through and you start to see the
layers of the hockey stick. That means I’ve been using this stick without having it taped up and that will eventually
lead to this blade breaking. So I gotta tape this thing up. There’s two main ways you’re gonna break your stick on the shaft. That’s either from repeated impact shots and stresses of the stick. Or from a hack or slash. And sometimes the hack can lead to a break from an impact shot. You can see right here there’s some nicks out of the hockey sticks. Mostly out of the paint, superficial. But sometimes that creates a little break on the stick right there. And it’s not gonna break
your stick right away but what happens is the
more you use your stick the bigger that break gets and eventually it leads
to the stick breaking. So two ways that you
can prevent your stick from breaking on the shaft. Number one is to put a little
tape in the high-impact spot. So as a center-man what
I would normally do is tape up the high-impact spot on my stick where most of the hacks and slashes happen which is basically from
the CCM logo and down. So I just take some black hockey tape, tape that all up and that’s gonna reduce a lot of those hacks
and slashes that could lead to the breakage of the stick. You’ll see above that spot there’s not too many hacks or slashes. They’re not as powerful of slashes when you get them up high. So I’m putting a little bit
of tape around the bottom. It doesn’t look good
but it can help prolong the life of your stick. The third thing that you can do to prolong the life of your hockey stick is to take it easy on the slapshots. Yes, the slapshots can affect your stick and lead to it breaking because it’s a really high-impact shot. So every time that blade hits the ice, every time that blade hits the puck, you’re basically smashing a piece of hard rubber rate against the blade. And it’s gonna lead to micro
breaks inside the blade and eventually lead it to breaking. Also on the shaft, I mean, you guys see the deformation that happens when you flex that thing, huge bend. So the more slapshot you take, the more it’s gonna stress that stick and the more likely it’s gonna break. So if you play in a league
where there’s no slapshots, if you take it easy and
don’t take 50 slapshots every time you’re at
warm-up or pick-up hockey you’re probably gonna have
your stick a lot longer. (smack) Alright, guys, that’s all the tips for how to prolong the
life of your hockey stick. Hopefully these tips will help you save a little bit of money. If you like these videos,
hit that subscribe button. We do new hockey videos every single week. Thanks a lot for watching. We’ll see you in the next video. (upbeat music)


  • Reply jacob kristensen December 1, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Good vid

  • Reply Gman76 December 1, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I just bought a strong shaft with a hollow inside so when the blade wears down I just replace it, saves a lot of money

  • Reply Lovecchio Squad December 1, 2015 at 7:25 am

    How many layers of tape should protect it?

  • Reply Finesse December 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Jeremy did you film the video in Huntsville Ontario Canada???

  • Reply Arnold Schwarzeniqqa December 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    This dude doesnt waste tape XD

  • Reply Arnold Schwarzeniqqa December 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    How do you get the whole ice to urself?

  • Reply A Pags December 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    How Much stick wax should I use? I will usually do a quick layer but there still ends up getting a ton of snow and it wheres/wears(?) away

  • Reply Hunter TA December 1, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    My friend got checked and then the other team scored.He was mad and he broke his stick the way you said what not to do.

  • Reply SUPERCROSBY96 December 2, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Sent here from snapchat 😎

  • Reply creeperj December 3, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Awesome videos

  • Reply Clever Happy Derp December 4, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Hey I was just watching your old passing video on How to Hockey and I have a question. In a game, is it always ok to look down at the puck as you catch a pass, or should u do it without looking?

  • Reply Ian Depietro December 6, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Can you use a hockey ball on shooting pad

  • Reply Ian Depietro December 6, 2015 at 12:04 am

    And where is the vid for this week

  • Reply Hockey Highlights December 6, 2015 at 1:47 am

    go check my channel

  • Reply Baserunner Lyndon December 6, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Hi Jeremy, My name is Lyndon, and I am wondering if you live in Canada? I watch your videos and I have gotten better from all your tips so Thanks!

  • Reply kyle kloppenburg December 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    hey jeremy, what stick would you recommend for a beginner that's 6'2", and I'm probably just going to use it for playing on a pond with friends so I don't want to spend that much money.

  • Reply GrizzlyAnders December 7, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Do you find that the quality of the stick lends itself to being more durable? Seems logical that better materials would withstand more abuse.

  • Reply Alex McMullen December 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    just broke my mx3 ;(

  • Reply HockeySnipes92 December 9, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Hey Jeremy, will you be doing a video on the UHWK (HWKI) Show Camera?

  • Reply Stephen Prescott December 10, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    You can also buy crack filler and seal sprays at the hardware stores to fill in those cracks and knicks

  • Reply Help Me Get To 10,000 Subs With No Videos December 15, 2015 at 12:11 am

    So what if you get a Crack in the Center of the blade is there any way to fix that

  • Reply Northend dyes December 20, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Ive heard that crunchy noise for about 2 weeks now and it hasnt broke yet????

  • Reply Gvidas Rimkus January 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    take it easy on slapshots ? pffff…

  • Reply MinecraftKings 83 January 12, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    fat kid brook my stick like that one

  • Reply Melissa Hoehn January 23, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Love yo vids

  • Reply Melissa Hoehn January 23, 2016 at 2:57 am

    We're did you get your colt stick

  • Reply Scarce Is Not Fat January 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Funny how I have the same stick and its blade is chipping off but I think I saved its life.

  • Reply Isaac Guthrie February 3, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    he look likes he's high his eyes are very red

  • Reply jaiden Lawrence February 6, 2016 at 1:44 am

    u should use bauer sticks there really good and way better then ccm trust me I went from ccm to bauer and I'm sticking to bauer

  • Reply jaiden Lawrence February 6, 2016 at 1:45 am

    and also u should tape the toe

  • Reply deuces2k February 11, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I use one strip of black electrical tape on bottom of blade before wrapping the rest with the cloth tape. Extends time before re-taping by a lot!

  • Reply Dave's Life February 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Just curious, are you an engineer? You properly use engineering and physics concepts. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Ryan Kieke February 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I am a semi pro and I usually use a lot but not to much because the puck will not come of your stick

  • Reply Aidenman320010590 Yo March 26, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Non of my sticks are Broken the one I've used the most I've used it for about 1 month on less

  • Reply BryceLowy Vlogs March 29, 2016 at 2:15 am

    what about goalie sticks

  • Reply Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzåäö March 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I just broke My ultra tacks….. What should i by (im about 95 pouds and a forward)

  • Reply Right Wrong May 18, 2016 at 12:39 am

    I bought a new Bauer Nexus 8000 stick and the bottom of the blade already broke. I had a 30 day warranty got a new one and my dad bought me a new one because he felt bad 🙂

  • Reply Greer Fried May 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    1:19 But Jeremy, I thought you sent toe to heel.

  • Reply Greer Fried May 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I've never heard of a league with no slapshots…come on, they're a symbol of hockey!

  • Reply the winnipeg transit fan 101 July 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    you should get a two piece stick

  • Reply 9beers deep November 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Practicing one-timers obliterates sticks. Also, i usually break the toe of my sticks. Probably from slashing and poke-checking the hell out of people while playing D.

  • Reply Aidan Taylor November 30, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Do a review on an all black hockey junior stivk

  • Reply Aidan Taylor November 30, 2016 at 11:47 pm


  • Reply Gavin Brownrigg December 26, 2016 at 5:04 am

    my toe is chipped open badly

  • Reply fancy wawate January 21, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Salut les filles en plus de temps pour moi de tes nouvelles et je suis en train de boire

  • Reply Jeff Thorslund January 31, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Tape is your friend for saving your stick. I started taping from the CCM logo down, all the way to the toe and it makes a huge difference. Use black tape on a black stick for the shaft and it looks pretty good. Keeps those initial chips from happening.

  • Reply King Lando February 20, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    My toe always breaks

  • Reply ssminnow99 March 15, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I do a few things. for minor paint chips I use my kids nail Polish with super glue over it. for bigger areas I use moldable epoxy and the nail Polish and super glue over that. the epoxy works great on skate blade holders as well.

  • Reply Mike Evans is better than obj April 5, 2017 at 11:38 am

    We have the same stick 😀

  • Reply Ryan kocher April 23, 2017 at 9:05 am

    The best way to not brake your stick is to not hit it over the cross bar or post

  • Reply Mikko Hellsten October 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I have Tat stick

  • Reply Jodwes October 28, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Welp I do all of what they say not to do…. RIP

  • Reply Gavin Conlan November 13, 2017 at 3:22 am

    What about the new gel in Bauer sticks

  • Reply Kevin November 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    i remember when i played hockey as a kid on my last year of playing i lost my ability to do a good wrist shot and now im thinking my blade could of been broken

  • Reply Zex December 1, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Nice 👍

  • Reply Royal Gaming February 17, 2018 at 4:52 am

    My blade is so bad RN that when I twist it you can it crunching

  • Reply AJ Kleinwaechter February 19, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    I usually break the blade off of mine

  • Reply Steelo March 20, 2018 at 7:37 am

    I broke my tacks 6092 after about 6 months of use. It was the 6092 therefore it didnt have some of the new technology as the 7092 / 2.0 but it broke along the blade. I took tons of wrist shots and 1ts/slappers. Help up pretty well for the length. Not to mention i got it on clearance from my proshop for $80 and it was 60flex p28 (thats a steal)

  • Reply Jen Jen July 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Please do a rewiew on the Bauer vapor 600 stick

  • Reply Antony S. Scandale September 5, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    I put a layer of cloth tape on the bottom of the blade then do a fully blade wrap. On the toe, I use electrical tape then cloth and wax. I have been experimenting with nail polish, epoxy and wax for those holes on the blade especially for the tip. It sounds strange but I do this to prevent ice/water going into the blade and the methods are working. Remember, once water seeps in the blade the fibre will rapidly disintegrate.

  • Reply Crimson Typhoon November 22, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Spent 320 on a warrior before and it cracked bad just over 2 weeks in, it sucked

  • Reply Cerillz January 24, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Wood sticks…. That's the key

  • Reply JPB Busani February 24, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I’ve also tried WAXing the exposed blade right before I tape it. The idea for mine was to reduce the ability of water getting into the blade

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  • Reply Penis Muncher 5000 April 7, 2019 at 5:35 am

    ccm is awful, chips and breaks easily. broke my super tacks quickly

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