Hockey Rink: 200′ long x 85′ wide
Ice: Approximately 3/4″ thick and chilled at 16 degrees Fahrenheit.
Goal: 6′ wide x 4′ tall x 44″ deep
Boards: The rounded corners have a radius of 28′. The rink is surrounded by “boards” made of wood or fiberglass, not less than 40″ high and no higher than 48″ above the ice surface.
Glass: Affixed to the boards and extending vertically is approved safety glass extending 8’ above the boards at each end of the rink and not less than 5’ along both sides of the rink.
Puck: Vulcanized rubber (hard disk), 1″ thick x 3″ diameter. Weight = 6 ounces.
– NHL: Game pucks are frozen to reduce bouncing.
– Over 50 hockey: Game pucks are room temperature because they come from a players equipment bag.
Hat Trick: When a player scores three goals in a game.
Natural Hat Trick: When a player scores three consecutive goals in the same game.
Helmet: Starting the 1979-1980 season, all players entering the NHL are required to wear a helmet.
Visor: Starting the 2013-2014 season, all players entering the NHL are required to wear a helmet visor/shield.
For More Details
NHL Official Rules 2015-2016 (226 pages – Copyright 2015 National Hockey League)
NOTE: I won’t be explaining all the rules (offside, icing, penalties, etc.). You can learn the rules by watching other games, playing hockey and reading the NHL Official Rules.
Have fun playing the greatest game on earth!
STAY ON THE ICE