Tying Your Hockey Skates

A comfortable, snug fit is important for skating, whether you are a beginner or a pro.

Tying hockey skates is an essential skill for any hockey player. It ensures a comfortable and secure fit, and can improve the player's movement on ice. Here are five tips on how to tie your hockey skates:

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  1. Start by loosening the laces on your skates. This will make it easier to tie them and also allows for a better fit once they are tied.
  2. Cross the laces over the top of the tongue and tie them in a basic knot. This will hold the tongue in place and prevent it from moving around.
  3. Next, tie the laces in a "bunny ear" style. Make two loops with the laces, one on each side of the skate. Cross the loops over each other and tie them in a knot.
  4. Take the loops of the bunny ears and tie them in a basic knot, making sure to pull them tight. This will help to secure the ankle and provide a snug fit.
  5. Lastly, tie the laces in a “surgeon's knot”. This is done by taking the end of the left lace and tieing it around the right lace and then tieing the end of the right lace around the left lace. This will create a double knot and will keep the laces from coming undone during play.

It's important to note that the tightness of the skates should be adjusted to the player's preference, some people like to keep them tighter to have a better control on the ice, while others prefer them to be looser to have more flexibility. It's also important to double check the skates before each game or practice to make sure they are properly tied and there's no loose lace.

Ensure you have the correct length of lace for your skater's boot size. If laces are too long, they can step on the lace and fall on the ice. Too short and there won't be enough lace to effectively tie and knot.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your hockey skates are properly tied and that you will be able to perform at your best on the ice. Remember to practice and adjust the tightness to your preference, it may take a few tries to get the perfect fit, but with some patience and persistence, you'll be able to tie your skates like the pros.

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