Hockey 101: The Rink


Each week we will be taking a look at the rules and regulations of this great game that we call hockey.

The Rink

The game of hockey is played on an ice rink. This is fairly common information. But the rink itself has strict rules and regulations to ensure that whether you are playing at home or on the road, the ice surface will be the same.

According to the NHL Official Rules:

1.2 Dimensions – The official size of the rink shall be two hundred feet (200′) long and eighty-five feet (85′) wide. The corners shall be rounded in the arc of a circle with a radius of twenty-eight feet (28′).



As you can see from the diagram, the league is extremely specific when it comes to the dimensions of the rink. This is also true for the dimensions of the goal crease and the face-off circles.

faceoff_diagram         crease_diagram


Additional note: When you are watching the Olympics this year in Sochi, Russia, you will notice that the rink dimensions are different than you normally see in the NHL and AHL. The Olympic rink is considerably wider and is 200’ x 100’ instead of 200’ by 85’. That is 15 feet wider and adds nearly 3000 square feet of playing surface!




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