Connor Bedard Stick Tape Guide
Bedard tapes his blade alternately through his seasons since the advent of his career. The most recent being the classic toe-heel big sock.
Since taping helps protect the blade from tear and/or wear, augments the grip on the shaft of the stick, and grants the optimization of the knob size per one's comfort, each player tapes their stick uniquely with Bedard no exception.
In addition, taping the stick helps improve accuracy by amplifying stick handling due to improved grip on the shaft, which ultimately aids in augmenting power behind each shot.
The generational hockey talent is known among his former teammates as the one with the weirdest tape job. He uses patterns in place of puck marks and alters them almost every game. The patterns mostly include boxes, triangles, circles, and lines altering within.
Furthermore, Connor once said in an interview that his lines are messy and can't tape the stick properly. Hence, his patterns mostly illustrate a triangle on top of a circle with a triangle in the middle and a box along the heel.
Regardless, the fineness of a tape job won't define the game, however, it does give the player a bit of assist during the long run. Hence, using patterns to represent them could mentally ease the players into giving their best during the games.
Primarily, Bedard removes the cap of his stick and creates a knob by wrapping around the top with a standard white tape about 10 times.
Following the knob, lizard skin is wrapped around the knob with a little bit hanging off the top, covering down the shaft with six rounds in total and sealing the taping twice with white tape.
Following the up-top taping, Bedard tapes the blade of his stick from the toe to partially up the heel as a full sock, leaving a bit of the toe exposed, realizing the classic toe-heel big sock simply known as The Sock.
Thereafter, he pushes down the seams on the blade's front and back with a puck to realize that finely finished and durable tape job we see during his games.
In contrast, he used the half-sock or the toe cap tape job during his championship where he taped the blade from the toe, covering only the blade in half. He maintained the shaft taping the same as present.