Under NHL rules, hockey nets are 6′ x 4′ (foot). The opening of the goal is 72 inches (180 cm) wide by 48 inches (120 cm) tall, and the footprint of the goal is 44 inches (110 cm) deep.
Buying Hockey Nets
You can expect to pay between $100-200 for a mid-range net. It won’t be made of professional-grade steel like those you see in a Hockey rink but it will do the job!
This net is light enough to take with you on your backyard shooting adventures but strong enough that it can hold up against even the most challenging shots. You’ll have more time for practicing between sessions when this portable target practice comes along.
If you’re looking for an alternative to a large net or don’t have space at home, try out the saucer kit which is perfect for practicing your shot and passing skills.
History of Hockey Goal Nets
Hockey goals haven’t always been the standard 6′ x 4′ (foot) that we know today.
The first hockey goals were simple zones created using large stones.
Two sticks ( 1890 )
The game has evolved since its early days, with goals being scored not just by how much ice time a player gets but also via other means. Nowadays players are equipped with skate blades that allow them to move around more easily on the frozen surface and they often use their sticks as well to try and shoot pucks into an open goal!
Early pipe net ( 1895 )
Then in the mid-1890s, hockey borrower and idea from ice polo – which is similar to football except with a smaller ball -was introduced. The new game included two pipes connected by an upright bar; these were fitted with netting at the top so that they could be utilized as Capture Holes for capturing pucks while also making them easier to retrieval when played outdoors on grass fields or urban downtown areas where there weren’t many trees available therefore providing more open space than what we see today.
Square net ( 1899 )
The Halifax hockey teams popularized the pipe net at end of the 19th century, which was soon adopted by Montreal and then spread across Canada.
Puck capture ( 1928 )
In the same year that his footage was a capture, a goal with a semi-circle design was unveiled which helped to capture the pucks – preventing them from bouncing back out into the field of play.
Official Rink Size
The size of an ice rink is dependent on the league that it belongs to. The NHL has its set standard for each team’s home games, while international tournaments use a larger surface with higher quality hockey equipment than what we see here in North America.