How To Lace Ice Hockey Skates

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In order to perform better in ice hockey skating, we don’t just need to wear appropriate equipment. We also need to consider wearing them properly so there will be no problems throughout the game. One of the most crucial gear in ice hockey skating is the ice hockey skates so if it’s not properly laced up, it will greatly affect your performance in ice hockey.

You might have questions in your mind like “Is there a specific way on how to lace my hockey skates?”, or “Can’t we just lace it the same way as we do with our normal shoes?” You’ll know the answers here. So, how should we properly lace ice hockey skates?

Before anything else, you should choose your preferred type of lace.

What are the Types of Ice Hockey Laces?

There are two types of ice hockey laces namely waxed lace and non-waxed lace. These two have different characteristics which can be positive or negative depending on your personal preference. But, waxed and non-waxed hockey laces are both functional in your ice hockey skates.

Waxed Laces 

As stated in its name, waxed laces contain a thin layer of wax. The purpose of wax in ice hockey laces is to provide a sticky and tacky feel so it is not stretchable. Hence, it is the more suitable type of lace if you want your hockey skates to be tight in order to ensure they won’t detach during the game. Since it maintains the tightness of the hockey skates, it is recommended for beginners and for those who already have ice hockey skates but are too loose for them.

Another good thing about a waxed lace aside from providing tightness is it doesn’t absorb moisture. However, it will be difficult to tie and untie it. Also, this type of hockey lace can leave excess wax in your hands so make sure to wash it thoroughly before the game starts.

Non-waxed Laces

Non-waxed Laces are similar to your normal shoelaces. Usually, these are made of cotton and come in various colors. Veteran hockey players prefer this since it is thicker, meaning it is stronger to endure critical moves. Moreover, opposite to waxed laces, non-wax laces are easier to tie and untie and are flexible.

But, it is harder to hold and is not able to make your hockey skates tight, which waxed laces can effortlessly do.

What are the Sizes of Ice Hockey Laces?

Aside from the type of hockey lace you prefer to use, you should also consider choosing the most suitable size of hockey lace for your skates.  Here’s a reference for you to know how lengthy your hockey lace should be.

Youth 8 – Junior 3: 72 Inches

Junior 3.5 – 5.5: 84 Inches

Senior 6 – 8: 96 Inches

Senior 8 – 10: 108 Inches

Senior 10 – 13: 120 Inches

Senior 12 – 15: 130 Inches

After choosing the right size and type of lace, you can now proceed to lace your hockey skates.

How to Lace Ice Hockey Skates

Lacing hockey skates is not too different from lacing your normal shoes. But, you need to do it properly using different ways so you will achieve a stable and comfortable fit. Below are the techniques you can use in lacing your ice hockey skates.

1. Under Criss Cross Lacing

I am certain that this way of lacing is very quite familiar to you since this is what most hockey players use in their skates. Using this technique, you will begin with the bottom eyelet pairs. What you need to do first is to insert the end of the lace in the first eyelet straight to the other side then do it across inside and out. At each eyelet pair, cross the ends then continue this until you get to the higher eyelets.

2. Over Criss Cross Lacing

This lacing technique is similar to under criss cross lacing except that it provides more tightness and you need to run the lace over the sides and out through the upper eyelet.

3. Double Cross Lacing

Double cross lacing greatly helps to make the upper ankle more stable especially when executing critical moves. The process is somehow similar to the first two techniques. However, you need to run the lace twice more after reaching the top eyelet. 

4. Lock Lacing

If you badly want your lace to be tightest, this lacing method is highly recommended. This is just like following the methods of either under lacing and over lacing. But, when you get to the top holes, don’t tie it yet. Run the laces through it as it makes a small loop on both sides. After that, cross the laces over leading through the loops that you have created into two knots. When you finish all these, that’s when you can tie up the laces.

5. Partial Lacing or Leaving Eyelets Unlaced

This method, just like the preceding methods, also needs to follow the under or over lacing technique but will have to leave the top hole unlaced. This technique is used by mostly veterans since it gives the ankles side-to-side mobility, which is helpful for the hockey players in order to make a sharper and harder turn.

All these hockey lacing techniques are useful in ice hockey skating. You just need to choose depending on your personal preference or skill level.

Here is an important reminder: Upon putting the lace in the first eyelet pair, make sure that the lengths of each side are even. This is important so you won’t have to repeat the procedure if ever the length will not be enough to make a bow tie in the end.

Then, make a bow tie in the end for better security. Make sure that you make it tight enough to avoid falling off during the game. This is definitely not a good idea because you won’t be able to play well and even worse- it will cause you an accident. 


Lacing your ice hockey skates properly will greatly contribute to ensuring safety and comfortability which will then lead to making your game performance a lot better. Whichever technique you choose to apply, it’s important to consider if it will work for you especially if you are to execute critical moves in hockey skating.

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