Hockey Lace Size Chart

One of the more overlooked pieces of equipment are the Hockey Skate Laces. Having proper laces can vastly increase the comfort of your Hockey Skates and help improve on-ice performance. This guide will provide a general sizing chart, and a few lacing examples!

Hockey Skate Lace Length & Sizing Chart

Use the left column to find your skate size. Move over to the right column to find the recommended lace length that corresponds to your skate size.

Hockey Skate Lace Length & Sizing Chart
Skate SizeLength
Youth 8 - Junior 372" - 180cm
Junior 3.5 - 5.584" - 210cm
Adult 6 - 896" - 240cm
Adult 8 - 10108" - 270cm
Adult 10 - 13120" - 300cm
Adult 12 - 15130" - 330cm
Please Note: This sizing chart is for reference only and may not reflect personal preference.

How to Lace Hockey Skates

There are many different styles when it comes to lacing hockey skates. However, no matter what style you choose to go with, there are a few factors to always keep in mind. You will always want to make sure that the skates are snugly tightened, particularly in the ankles, but they shouldn’t cause any pain due to the lacing. Listed below are some of the most common hockey skate lacing styles.

Under Criss Cross Lacing

under criss cross lacing

The Under Criss Cross Lacing method is the classic method for lacing Ice Hockey Skates. This method provides a classic look, is simple to lace and can be completed quickly, and provides an all-around comfortable fit.

Lacing Steps

  1. Start at the bottom of the skate (at the first eyelet on each side) and start by lacing outside to inside.
  2. Work your way up the eyelets. Cross the ends at each eyelet pair, and feed the laces through the inside of the eyelets.

Over Criss Cross Lacing

over criss cross lacing

Like the Under Criss Cross method, the Over Criss Cross method has a classic look and requires little effort to lace. However, the Over Criss Cross tends to hold tighter than the Under does. As a downside, the Over Criss Cross method can typically use more of the laces.

Lacing Steps

  1. Start at the bottom of the skate (at the first eyelet on each side) and start by lacing outside to inside.
  2. Work your way up the eyelets. Cross the ends at each eyelet pair, and feed the laces over the sides and through the next corresponding eyelet.

Double Cross Lacing

double cross lacing

The Double Cross Lacing is a simple, yet effective, way to keep your laces tightened better. Not only does this method help keep your laces tighter and reduce slippage, but it is also fairly quick and easy to complete. As a downside, this method might require a little bit more effort to get them completely untied.

Lacing Steps

  1. Lace up your skates using any one of the methods listed above.
  2. One you get to the top eyelet and go to cross the laces, cross them two times instead of just once.

Lock Lacing

lock lacing

The Lock Lacing method provides a tight and secure feel that helps reduce slippage within the boot. It also helps increase the amount of forward flex you have during defense plays and hard skating strides. As a downside, this method takes a little bit longer to lace up, uses more lace, and is hard to loosen when untying.

Lacing Steps

  1. Lace the skates up using any of the methods listed above, leaving the top two eyelets on each side open. Cross the laces, and from inside to out, put the laces into the lower pair of corresponding eyelets.
  2. Then, from outside to inside, lace both ends through each of the top two eyelets (without crossing. From here, tie the skate up as you normally would.

Dropping An Eyelet

dropping an eyelet

Dropping an eyelet is a great option for players who are looking for more forward-flex in their skates. This can be particularly for defensemen while back skating to help them stay on the balls of their feet. This will improve overall balance and stability. As a downside, this might have a side effect of the skate feeling less stiff around the ankle and foot.

Lacing Steps

  1. Lace the skates up however you would like, using one of the methods mentioned above. Leave the top pair of eyelets open.
  2. From here, tie the skates up as you normally would, either using a regular cross, or a double cross.

Let HockeyMonkey Help with Lacing!

If you are in the market for a new pair of hockey skates or hockey laces, head over to any one of our MonkeySports locations across the United States for some expert advice!


This article was originally published on November 19, 2019, and has been updated with new information.