Ice Hockey is a team sport played on skates in which two teams of six players compete by using hockey sticks to shoot a puck into the opponent’s goal to score points. Games occur within the confines of an ice rink and the sport is known for its fast-paced play and physical high-contact style.

Teams consist of a goalie (goaltender), two defensemen, a right and left wing, and a center. An ice hockey game is made up of three periods of twenty minutes. Ice hockey is a popular sport in countries known for winter sports with the National Hockey League (NHL) in North America being the strongest league in the world.

What is icing in hockey?

The icing rule in hockey is an infraction that occurs when a player shoots the puck untouched from behind the center red line across the opposing team’s goal line. This rule was created to stop players from simply flipping the puck to the end of the ice as a strategy to slow down the flow of the game. After icing, play is resumed with a faceoff within the defending zone of the team that caused the penalty.

How long is a hockey game?

An average NHL hockey game is roughly two hours with games extending to two and a half hours in the situation of an overtime and a shootout scenario. Hockey games consist of three 20 minute periods with two 17 minute breaks between.

What is offsides in hockey?

Offsides is a penalty called in hockey when an offensive player moves into the attacking zone before the puck has crossed over the blue line of the zone. The player in control of the puck cannot be called for offsides.

Ice Hockey Guides
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6’3” | 1.91 m
September 17, 1985
Alex Ovechkin
191.000
1985.00
48000
3D
Alex Ovechkin
6’3” | 1.91 m
September 17, 1997
Auston Matthews
191.000
1997.00
30000
3D
Auston Matthews
6’0” | 1.83 m
March 20, 1948
Bobby Orr
183.000
1948.00
20000
3D
Bobby Orr
6’1” | 1.85 m
January 13, 1997
Connor McDavid
185.000
1997.00
38000
3D
Connor McDavid
6’0” | 1.83 m
March 31, 1928
Gordie Howe
183.000
1928.00
21000
3D
Gordie Howe
48” | 120 cm (Inside)
72” | 180 cm (Inside)
40” | 100 cm
Ice Hockey Goal
120.000
180.000
100.000
300
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Ice Hockey GoalPerspective view of a 3D model of a Ice Hockey GoalPerspective view of a 3D model of a Ice Hockey Goal
1” | 25.4 mm
3” | 76.2 mm (Diameter)
5.5-6 oz | 156-170 g
Ice Hockey Puck
2.540
7.620
0.170
11150
https://p3d.in/e/Gy3ao
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Ice Hockey Puck3D model of an Ice Hockey Puck viewed in perspective3D model of an Ice Hockey Puck viewed in perspective
11.5’ | 3.5 m (Overall Safety Wall)
98.42’ | 30 m
200.13’ | 61 m
19,000 ft² | 1,765 m²
Ice Hockey Rink - International
350.000
3000.000
6100.000
1765.00
1900
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Ice Hockey Rink - International3D model of a Ice Hockey Rink (Internationa)l viewed in perspective3D model of a Ice Hockey Rink (Internationa)l viewed in perspective
6’3” | 1.91 m
February 15, 1972
Jaromír Jágr
191.000
1972.00
18000
3D
Jaromír Jágr
6’2” | 1.88 m
November 28, 1984
Marc-André Fleury
188.000
1984.00
25600
3D
Marc-André Fleury
6’4” | 1.93 m
October 5, 1965
Mario Lemieux
193.000
1965.00
21000
3D
Mario Lemieux
5’10” | 1.78 m
November 19, 1988
Patrick Kane
178.000
1988.00
35000
3D
Patrick Kane
5’11” | 1.80 m
August 7, 1987
Sidney Crosby
180.000
1987.00
58000
3D
Sidney Crosby
6’1” | 1.85 m
November 14, 1991
Taylor Hall
185.000
1991.00
44000
3D
Taylor Hall
6’0” | 1.83 m
January 26, 1961
Wayne Gretzky
183.000
1961.00
93000
3D
Wayne Gretzky
Gordie Howe
Height comparison diagram of Gordie Howe compared to other ice hockey players

Canadian professional ice hockey player Gordie Howe is among the National Hockey League (NHL) scoring juggernauts of the century, thus nicknamed "Mr. Hockey." He played for the Detroit Red Wings, becoming a twenty-one time NHL All-Star and holding the NHL records for goals, assists, and total points until Wayne Gretzky shuttered them. Howe has won the Stanley Cup four times, Acvo World Trophies two times, and both the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy award six times, besides an admission into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2008, he received the NHL Lifetime Achievement Awards besides being recognized for redefining a forward's qualities.

Gordie Howe had a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Set of illustrations of Gordie Howe in various ice hockey poses dimensioned with overall height
Canadian professional ice hockey player Gordie Howe is among the National Hockey League (NHL) scoring juggernauts of the century, thus nicknamed "Mr. Hockey." He played for the Detroit Red Wings, becoming a twenty-one time NHL All-Star and held the NHL records for goals, assists and total points.

Gordie Howe had a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Set of illustrations of Gordie Howe in various ice hockey poses dimensioned with overall height
Gordie Howe
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Nationality: Canada

Years Active: 1945-1971, 1973-1980, 1997

Death: June 10, 2016 (88)

Birthday
March 31, 1928

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Gordie Howe standing, ice hockey (various)

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Auston Matthews
Height comparison diagram of Auston Matthews compared to other ice hockey players

While other athletes count their field success in talent and skills, America’s Auston Matthews athletic background may also have a lot in his ice hockey successes. In his childhood, he played baseball and hockey before settling for professional ice hockey. He plays the center position in the National Hockey League (NHL) and also as a captain for Toronto Maple Leafs. Before being drafted in the NHL, he played for the ZSC Lions and took home the Swiss Cup. Auston also won the Calder Memorial Trophy and Bob Johnson Award for his outstanding performance in the NHL. While representing the US in international tournaments, he won two gold medals in International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World U18 Championship and World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

Auston Matthews has a height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

Set of illustrations of Auston Matthews in various ice hockey poses dimensioned with overall height
While other athletes count their field success in talent and skills, America’s Auston Matthews athletic background may also have a lot in his ice hockey successes. In his childhood, he played baseball and hockey before settling for professional ice hockey. He plays the center position.

Auston Matthews has a height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

Set of illustrations of Auston Matthews in various ice hockey poses dimensioned with overall height
Auston Matthews
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6’3” | 1.91 m
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 2016—

Birthday
September 17, 1997

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Auston Matthews standing, ice hockey (various)

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Ice Hockey Puck
Size comparison drawing of an Ice Hockey Puck with other sports equipment for scale

An Ice Hockey Puck refers to the disk used in the team sport of Ice Hockey. It is composed of vulcanized rubber and may be called "Flat Ball." It is usually black and frozen before an ice hockey game. On a puck's face are league logos or silkscreen markings. An ice hockey puck is available in different variations, with blue being used by younger players for training, reddish-pink or reddish-orange for players who want to develop shot strength and make their stick handling techniques better, steel puck for players who wish to improve wrist strength and white for goaltender practice.

Ice Hockey Pucks have an overall diameter of 3” (76.2 mm) and height/thickness of 1” (25.4 mm). The mass of an Ice Hockey Puck is between 5.5-6 oz (156-170 g).

Dimensioned plan and elevation drawings of an Ice Hockey Puck measured with diameter and height
An Ice Hockey Puck refers to the disk used in the team sport of Ice Hockey. It is composed of vulcanized rubber and may be called "Flat Ball." It is usually black and frozen before an ice hockey game. On a puck's face are league logos or silkscreen markings.

Ice Hockey Pucks have an overall diameter of 3” (76.2 mm) and height/thickness of 1” (25.4 mm). The mass of an Ice Hockey Puck is between 5.5-6 oz (156-170 g).

Dimensioned plan and elevation drawings of an Ice Hockey Puck measured with diameter and height
Ice Hockey Puck
Height:
1” | 25.4 mm
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3” | 76.2 mm (Diameter)
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5.5-6 oz | 156-170 g
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Materials: Vulcanized Rubber

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Ice Hockey Puck side elevation, plan

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Mario Lemieux
Scaled height comparison illustration of Mario Lemieux in relation to other ice hockey players

Mario Lemieux is a Canadian-American former ice hockey player whose large size did not stop him from beating opponents with fakes and dekes. He was labeled "Le Magnifique" for being one of the best-gifted players in ice hockey. Mario won the Stanley Cup both as a player and as an owner of his former club, the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is credited with leading Canada to an Olympic gold medal, 2004 World Cup of Hockey Championship, and Canada Cup. He has won the Lester B. Pearson Award four times, the Hart Trophy on three occasions, Art Ross Trophy six times, and a Conn Smythe Trophy. These achievements saw him inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame.

Mario Lemieux has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Group of drawings of Mario Lemieux in a range of ice hockey positions labeled with overall height
Mario Lemieux is a Canadian-American former ice hockey player whose large size did not stop him from beating opponents with fakes and dekes. He was labeled "Le Magnifique" for being one of the best-gifted players in ice hockey. Mario won the Stanley Cup both as a player and owner of the Penguins.

Mario Lemieux has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Group of drawings of Mario Lemieux in a range of ice hockey positions labeled with overall height
Mario Lemieux
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6’4” | 1.93 m
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Nationality: Canada

Years Active: 1984-1997, 2000-2006

Birthday
October 5, 1965

Drawings include:
Mario Lemieux standing, ice hockey (various)

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Ice Hockey Goal
Front elevation drawing of an Ice Hockey goal with hockey goalie and dimensions

Ice Hockey Goals are placed on each end of the Ice Hockey Rink and are used for scoring points in a game of Ice Hockey. To score a goal, the entire hockey puck must cross the goal that is being defended by the goalie (goaltender). Ice Hock Goals are constructed of bent tubed steel and a net to catch any made shot.

For professional ice hockey, the opening of the goal is 72” (180 cm) wide, 48” (120 cm) high, and has a depth of 40” (100 cm). This opening is held rigid by a metal tube frame that is roughly 2” (5 cm) in diameter and is enclosed by mesh net with an opening size of 1 5/8” (4.1 cm). The base of the goal is rounded with 18" (45.7 cm) radii and an overall width of 88” (223.5 cm).

Collection of dimensioned drawings of the Ice Hockey Goal showing width, height, and depth
Ice Hockey Goals are placed on each end of the Ice Hockey Rink and are used for scoring points in a game of Ice Hockey. To score a goal, the entire hockey puck must cross the goal that is being defended by the goalie (goaltender). Ice Hock Goals are constructed of bent tubed steel and a net.

For professional ice hockey, the opening of the goal is 72” (180 cm) wide, 48” (120 cm) high, and has a depth of 40” (100 cm). This opening is held rigid by a metal tube frame that is roughly 2” (5 cm) in diameter and is enclosed by mesh net with an opening size of 1 5/8” (4.1 cm). The base of the goal is rounded with 18" (45.7 cm) radii and an overall width of 88” (223.5 cm).

Collection of dimensioned drawings of the Ice Hockey Goal showing width, height, and depth
Ice Hockey Goal
Height:
48” | 120 cm (Inside)
Width:
72” | 180 cm (Inside)
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Depth:
40” | 100 cm
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Overall Width: 88” | 223.5 cm
Side Radius:
18” | 45.7 cm
Net Mesh Size:
1.625” | 4.1 cm
Posts (Diameter):
2” | 5 cm
Materials:
Metal frame, cloth net mesh

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Drawings include:
Ice hockey goal front elevation, elevation (goalie), side, top

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