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2021 NHL Mock Draft

2021 NHL Mock Draft

It’s about that time. It’s time for our mock draft for the upcoming NHL Draft. We're predicting the top ten players to be drafted in the first round. However, it's a bummer that the draft is virtual again this year. Hopefully, things get better by 2022 because I'm not sure if I can handle another virtual draft where guys log into their Zoom accounts and begin their careers by hoping that their Wi-Fi doesn’t cut out. I miss all the people in the stands booing every pick. I miss the TSN guys scrambling to find highlights on Moritz Seider because the...

How often should I retape my hockey stick?

We have already covered why we tape our hockey stick, but now we need to figure out how often we should be retaping. We need to retape our sticks when the cloth starts to wear out, falls off, or is ripping from the stick. All of these instances can be caused from puck marks, shooting the puck, ice and snow getting under the adhesive and more. Let’s start with shooting and passing the puck. This wears the tape out because the edges of the puck start to scrape the tape and also leave puck marks. Like any tape, anytime you start...
Why do hockey players tape their hockey stick?

Why do hockey players tape their hockey stick?

While we all continue to buy roll after roll of hockey tape and do TJ after TJ but do we actually know why we are taping our hockey sticks? When it comes down to it, there are rather basic functions that hockey tape is servicing but if you have a tape that doesn’t have quite the right stick or falls off as soon as you hit the ice, you are going to be running into more issues than goals.  So why do we tape a hockey stick? Well, initially the tape is there to protect your hockey stick. You aren’t...
Howies x BLPA

Howies x BLPA

  When it comes to Beer League, we think of the Beer League Players Association. Being that most of our Howies crew is dedicated to playing Beer League (no, unfortunately none of us made it to the show) we saw nothing but a great collaboration with the BLPA! Traveling all of the States and even internationally, the BLPA successfully gives all of us Beer Leaguers an elite experience of being drafted to a great team with great sweaters, new friends and of course a few drinks.     If you are interested in following along on this tournament experience, check out...
Best Game Day Superstitions

Best Game Day Superstitions

As hockey players, we are no stranger to superstitions, especially on game days. Whether it be taping your stick in the exact same way, in the exact same spot at the exact same time before every game or doing your pregame ritual of a different handshake with every teammate, these things get our head right and ready for go time. At Howies, we all have our own different superstitions before we hit the ice but we decided to compile a few of our favorites, check 'em out and see if maybe you do the same thing before your games!  ...
How To Store Your Tape (The Right Way!)

How To Store Your Tape (The Right Way!)

When you are heading to the rink with your full hockey bag in tow, are you throwing your hockey tape in, or are you putting it inside your Howies Tape Tin? The inside of your hockey bag can be just as harmful as the outside, believe it or not. Here are the Howies tips and tricks to storing your Howies to make sure it lasts and doesn’t lose its stick, because when you have the world’s highest quality hockey tape, you should treat it that way!  Using the Howies Tape Tin We designed the Tape Tin to protect your tape from life in...
Howies Hockey Tape Going Bar Down

Howies Hockey Tape Going Bar Down

The boys over at Going Bar Down took the time to review some products from Howies Hockey Tape! Check out what they had to say about us on their review!    "We've all had it happen before, you pull a roll of tape out of your bag to tape your stick up - suddenly, it starts tearing right down the side leaving you with a frayed line of tape. Or worse, the tape starts to separate from the glue, and you're back to square one. Howies Hockey Tape set out to make a premium hockey tape to put an end to bad...
Cloth Laces vs Waxed Laces

Cloth Laces vs Waxed Laces

Looking for the right skate laces but not sure if you are a wax or cloth lace player? We are here to help! At Howies we like to consider ourselves pros when it comes to hockey equipment knowledge. I mean, we know it’s not true, but it makes us feel better. But when it comes to Howies products, we know the in’s, the out’s, and all of the in-betweens to help you decide what lace is best for you.   For someone who is looking at buying new laces, there are a number of reasons to choose cloth laces. Cloth laces,...
White Tape vs Black Tape

White Tape vs Black Tape

This argument is a tale as old as time. Is white or black tape better on your hockey stick, which has more benefits or helps give you the dirtiest dangles? Trust me, this conversation occurs often enough at Howies HQ to drive us all insane. So, is there a benefit that outperforms the other between the colors? Let’s have them faceoff and see which color takes the title.  Let's first start with white tape. It’s timeless, the OG, preferred by many and loved by most, but is it better? White tape brings puck visibility during possession, the puck marks on the TJ...
Best ODR Jerseys

Best ODR Jerseys

#ODRSZN is in full swing, so we decided to create a comprehensive list of the best jerseys to rock when you’re out skating on your local lake. These are the jerseys that will ensure you’re looking so good that no one will even notice how bad your hands are. These are the jerseys that will turn all the heads, start all the conversations, and cement your position as the king of the ODR. Don’t get caught wearing a single-color practice jersey when you’re out for a rip with the gang — that’s embarrassing. Get yourself one of these jerseys to ensure you...
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