How big is an Olympic size hockey rink? A: The NHL rink size is 200 feet by 85 feet, while the Olympic rink is 15 feet wider, at 200 feet by 100 feet.
Why are hockey rinks different sizes? In short: players have less time to play the puck, need more speed and more physicality to beat the opponent. The slightly larger European rink, on the other hand, gives the players more room. This favours thought-out tactics and set plays over physicality. The game on the smaller NHL field is more exciting.
How thick is the ice on an NHL rink? The jersey is sometimes called a sweater because, during hockey’s early years, players actually wore sweaters and not the mesh-like jerseys of today. How thick is the ice? Ice is approximately 3/4″ of an inch thick and is usually chilled at 16 degrees fahrenheit. The thicker the ice, the softer and slower it becomes.
Are there different hockey rink sizes? There are two standard sizes for hockey rinks: one used primarily in North America, also known as NHL size, the other used in Europe and international competitions, also known as IIHF or Olympic size.