It is not recommended to wrap the laces around the ankle of the skate boot as this can inhibit ankle mobility. Taping around the ankle of the boot is also unnecessary as most skates have ample support. Ankle bend and knee bend work together and are both needed for forward and back stride. Ankle extension is also super important in achieving the final thrust of power in your stride – an area that we work on so much in our camps!
If your laces are too long you can either purchase shorter laces next time you are in the skate shop or you can cut your laces the appropriate length and tape the ends.
“It is very important that your skates are flexible enough to allow you to extend your ankles.”
Ron Davidson, Play Better Hockey