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05-02-2011, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerEsq View Post
What size rink do people prefer?
  • A standard NHL rink is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide, with goal lines 11 feet from the end boards.
  • International ice is 210 feet long and 98 feet wide. Goal lines are 13 feet from the end boards.
  • A midway point would be 205 feet long and 91 feet wide, with the goal 12 feet from the end boards.

The advantage of a large rink is that it allowed the skilled and the fast players to display their skill. The advantage of a small rink is that it makes the game more physical.

Personally, I like the midway point. It gives the skilled players more room to roam, but it also keeps the game decently physical. I think that a slightly larger rink would make the game more interesting, with more scoring, more creativeness, and less use for guys like Boogard, while still allowing guys like Prust to be very useful.
Was always under the impression that International dimensions were 200x100 and that NHL was 200x85

This link agrees.

I prefer the tighter 200x85 as it creates more physicality and speed.

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