# Frequent question: What is the size of an NHL hockey rink?

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In the United States and Canada, the standard size of a hockey rink is 200 feet by 85 feet or, as expressed in metric terms, 61 meters by 26 meters, with a corner radius of 28 feet or 8.5 meters. This is the standard size used in the NHL, the AHL, college hockey, and junior hockey.

## Are NHL hockey rinks the same size?

The NHL uses a standard-size ice surface of 85 x 200 feet. The radius of the corners is 28 feet. All NHL teams are required to use ice that is this size. While every NHL rink is the same size, players say that some arenas have boards and lighting systems that make games at some arenas different from others.

## What is the official size of an NHL hockey rink?

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′).

## What size is an Olympic size hockey rink?

Olympic Size Ice Surfaces

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The National Hockey League franchises have arenas that are 200 feet long and 85 feet wide. Olympic sized arenas are 200 feet long and 100 feet wide. Yes, that’s 15 feet wider.

## Are college and NHL rinks the same size?

College hockey has no standard rink size. Most Division-I men’s teams play on an NHL-size sheet of ice (85 feet wide), but several play on Olympic sheets, which are wider (100 feet).

## When did NHL standardize rink size?

And then other North American leagues conformed to that rink size. Meanwhile, across the pond the IIHF independently regulated the 200′ x 98′ rink, and in Europe it became the standard. The 200’x85′ rink was standardized by the NHL in 1929.

## When did NHL change rink size?

The IIHF (International Hockey Federation) adjusted the size of the neutral zone to the size in the NHL in 2014/2015.

## How thick is NHL glass?

One piece of side glass is 5/8 of an inch thick and six feet tall.

## How big is a youth hockey rink?

(a) The recommended dimensions of the “RINK” shall be one hundred eighty-five (185′) to two hundred feet (200′) long, and eighty-five (85′) to one hundred feet (100′) wide.

## What is the trapezoid in hockey?

New since the 2005–06 NHL season, after testing in the American Hockey League, a trapezoid is marked behind each goalie net. The goalie can only play the puck within that area or in front of the goal line. … In 2014, the NHL lengthened the goal-line side of the trapezoid by two feet on both sides of the net.

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## How many circles are on a hockey rink?

Five painted lines, nine dots, five circles and two trapezoids lie frozen in 10,600 gallons of water, all encased by fiberglass boards. A standard National Hockey League rink is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide.

## What is the smallest NHL arena?

Montreal’s Bell Centre is the largest arena in the NHL with a seating capacity of 21,302. Uniondale’s Nassau Coliseum is the smallest arena with a seating capacity of 13,900.

## How do they put the lines on a hockey rink?

Blue/red lines are strung in place and you paint in between the lines – just like we learned in kindergarten. Circles are painted with a pre-measured circle maker with a paint stick on the end. One person holds the center of the circle in place while another travels in a circle around them painting the circle.