Framing a hockey stick


MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Dec 1, 2004
New Westminster, B.C. Canada
A friend of mine has a signed Gretzky hockey stick he asked me if I could frame for him. He showed me a framed stick in Costco (Road show item), and he has other ideas. (The mat cutting was awful, I would be ashamed to ask $1300.00 for that job with all those f#$$ ups).

So I read in the archives here and like some of the ideas, but they lead to more questions.
Talk about mylar tape pulled through and attached to the back of the mounting board. Is the mat board strond enough or is it backed with something (like hardboard, gator board or what?). How to attach the mylar at the back?

We will probably do a presentation with a photo, some netting (hockey net), and a puck (I like the idea of the puck coming thru the glass. If he wants to do a jersey we could tie that in too...Leads to the next question....

Stitching down the jersey attatched to a form....Punch holes thru the mat board with an awl to pull the thread through? Never done it before but I get the general idea..

Thanks in advance for the ideas folks!



MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Feb 20, 2003
Adelaide - South Australia

Not sure about the jersey bit ( but your plan sounds fine).

As far as I understand, the mylar strips go through the mat, and yes a firmer backing, then folded at 90 degrees and taped down.
Maybe this could be taped on the mat back, then laminated really well to the firmer backing, for extra holding power (sandwiched between).

Marion P

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Mar 18, 2004
Maroochydore, Australia
This is a good question as my son brought back two Seattle Thunderbird hockey sticks plus a few pucks (one he actually caught at a game) and a jersey that was signed by the whole team, so i am curious to know how to frame also and should I put everything in one frame or do it in two?


Ron Eggers

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Jul 6, 2001
Mylar is deceptively strong but a hockey stick has some weight to it so I might be concerned about how it is attached to the backing.

I have framed similar objects (e.g. a shovel used for a ground-breaking) using the plastic wire ties from Radio Shack or a hardware store. They come in different colors and lengths and tighten using a ratcheting action.

I'd use a Coroplast/Polyflute backing behind the matboard and pass the wire ties through both the matboard and the Coroplast. For a tidier back, you can excavate a channel in the back of the Coroplast and recess the wire ties. Then fill the channel with hot glue.

I'm not sure of the aging characteristics of these plastic wire ties but the ones on the exposed wiring harness of my utility trailer have held up very well long after the rest of the trailer has weathered to near-nothingness.


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Mar 23, 2001
Wilmington, DE
Strips of polyester sheet (Mylar or Melinex)
are very strong and will not stretch, as polyethylene strips could do_One can make diagonal
cuts at each end of the strip which allows the part outside of the cut to be folded outward,
creating a shape that has flanges on it, which can
be secured to paper based board with linen tape.
This gives a strong hold that should not loosen
over time and should allow the straps to hold
weights such as a hockey stick. For pictures of
how the cuts can be made in the strap, check
Preservation Practices in PFM.