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04-19-2013, 07:47 PM
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The IIHF (then still LIHG) tried to standardize the rink size in the 1920s and 1930s. There were several different rulings following one another. Important rulings according to an IIHF Timeline:

1923: 80 x 40 meters (approx. 262.5 x 131.2)
1936: 60 x 30 meters (approx. 196.9 x 98.4)

There were also various rulings setting up maximal sizes, minimal sizes and "ideal" sizes throughout the 20s and 30s. However, a lot of these rulings only lasted a few years before they were reworked and adapted. The picture is very confusing and I don't have an accurate overview. I guess the IIHF was simply forced to adapt to the available rinks in the early days (for some extreme examples, see below).

According to Martin C. Harris, by 1956 the following IIHF regulation was in place.
Maximal rink size: 61 x 30 meters (approx. 200.1 x 98.4)
Minimal rink size: 56 x 26 meters (approx. 183.7 x 85.3)
No reference to an "ideal" size anymore.

Examples for different rinks in early IIHF tournaments:
1913 European Championship (Munich): 40 x 16 meters (approx. 131.2 x 52.5 feet)
1920 Olympic Tournament (Antwerp): 56 x 18 meters (approx. 183.7 x 59.1 feet)
1924 European Championship (Milan): 75 x 45 meters (approx. 246.1 x 147.6 feet)
1931 World Championship (Krynica): 60 x 40 meters (approx. 196.9 x 131.2 feet)

As for the standardization of the boards, I don't know anything about that.

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