What Size Is A Hockey Goal? [Expert Guide!]

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If you have ever seen the movie Slap Shot, then you know what size a hockey goal should be. The goalie always stands with his arms crossed, with a slight smile on his face. This image is iconic and has been used in numerous places, including on some of the patches above.

There are several different sizes for hockey goals, defined by their circumference. The most common sizes are listed below:

  • Standard Size
  • Narrow Size
  • Wide Size
  • Extra Wide Size
  • Monster Size
  • Giant Size

Standardsize

The standard size is the most common one and is the same for both men and women. It has a diameter of 2.75 meters (9 feet). This is the size of the hockey puck that is currently used in the NHL and the rest of North America.

Narrow Size

The narrow size is a little smaller than the standard size, with a diameter of 2.5 meters (8 feet). This size was first used in the early 1900s and was designed to fit in smaller ice rinks. It is still used today by a few hockey leagues and is the size of the hockey puck that is used in the WHL and the Czech Republic.

Wide Size

The wide size is a bit taller than the narrow size and has a diameter of 2.75 meters (9 feet). The wide size was originally used in the 1960s and is the size of the hockey puck that is currently used in international play and most colleges.

EXTRA WIDE Size

The extra wide size is the same as the wide size but is much thicker. It was designed for the intermediate ice level in the United States, the first being built in 1962. The extra wide size was originally used until the late 1970s, but is still used today by a few minor hockey leagues. The extra wide size is the same as the diameter of a football field (60 meters).

MONSTERSIZE

The monster size is the same as the extra wide size but is even thicker. Its name comes from the fact that it was originally built to withstand the abuse of a strong player. The monster size was used from the 1960s until the 1970s and is still used today in Turkey and a few minor leagues. The thickness of a monster size makes it much more difficult to score against. If you want to bat the puck away, you need to use your arms like they are made of concrete.

This is really interesting when you think about how the dimensions of the different sizes compare to the regular sized hockey puck:

  • 2.75 m vs 2.5 m vs 2.75 m vs 2.75 m
  • 12 inches vs 10 inches vs 12 inches
  • 16 inches vs 13 inches vs 16 inches
  • 21 inches vs 19 inches vs 21 inches
  • 28 inches vs 26 inches vs 28 inches
  • 36 inches vs 32 inches vs 36 inches
  • 44 inches vs 40 inches vs 44 inches
  • 60 meters vs 60 meters vs 60 meters

GIANTSIZED

Finally, we have the giant size. It is just like the monster size but the thickness is even greater. For the longest time, only museums and universities used giant sizes for their hockey rinks, but they are still used in Turkey and a few minor leagues. The giant size was first used in the 1960s and is still considered an engineering marvel. If you watch the movie Slap Shot again, you will see that the goalie always stands with his arms raised in triumph after saving a puck that was shot at him by a giant.

Measuring The Sizes

To figure out which size you need, you have to consider the circumference of the goal. The easiest way to do this is to take the height of the wall (or gate) that you will put the net on and add 12 inches. If your goal is at the back of the net, then you will need a wider size.

If you add 12 inches to the height of the wall (or gate), then you will get the following sizes:

  • Narrow: 2.5 meters
  • Standard: 2.75 meters
  • Wide: 3.0 meters
  • Extra Wide: 3.25 meters
  • Monster: 3.5 meters
  • Giant: 4 meters
  • Hockey-Homesick: 4.5 meters
  • Colossus: 5.0 meters
  • Jinnying Giraffe: 5.5 meters
  • Behemoth: 6.0 meters
  • Hockey-Realmai: 6.5 meters
  • Hockey-Vader: 7.0 meters

If you are wondering, yes, the wall (or gate) in Slap Shot was 12 inches tall. This is because in the early 1900s, they built many pyramids using the 12-inch brick as a base and used this as a measurement unit then. These days, if you have a gate that is 12 inches high, it usually means that you have a narrow or a standard size goal.

How Do You Store It?

After you have figured out which size to get, you need to consider how to store it. The most common way is to stack it on top of each other, like the layers of an onion, and store it in a corner of your garage or storage shed. If you do this, make sure that the bottom one is resting on top of the others, so that gravity can continue to pull the puck down when you are not using it.

When you are transporting the puck from place to place, use a hockey puck sling bag. These bags are specifically made to hold and protect a hockey puck. They also have a drawstring, so you can easily carry and pull the bag close to you when needed. When you are done using the bag, you can simply let go of the drawstring and the contents will remain in place for the next person.

When Do You Play With It?

Now that you have the size sorted out, you need to figure out when you will play with it. The length of the ice season affects this greatly, as well as whether or not you use the outdoor or the indoor ice surface. If you use the outdoor rink in the summer, then you will need to wait for the snow to melt before you can play with it. Indoor rinks have an advantage in this case, as you can play year-round.

As mentioned above, the length of the ice season makes a difference in regard to when you will play with it. The more time that has elapsed since the last game, the more the ice will thaw and become playable. Once the last game has been played on a particular night, that night’s ice is considered to be thawed and playable for the entire month. This makes the next night, the equivalent of the next day, in terms of when you can play. For example, if the last game was played on December 31st, then the next night is January 1st and you can play on that night’s ice. The same goes for February 2nd and February 3rd.

Where Do You Play?

This is a question that you need to ask yourself and is dependent on whether or not you are a professional athlete, a university student, or a recreational hockey player. If you are a professional athlete, then you will need a place that is approved and designated by your league. This usually means an indoor rink that is part of an arena, or a converted house (basement or garage).

If you are a university student, then you will need a place that is approved by your university’s athletic department. This could be an on-campus rink, or a converted house (basement or garage).

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