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04-21-2009, 10:32 PM
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How far do NHLers skate in one game?

This is a weird, random question, I don't know how or why one would calculate this or if anyone's bothered, but how far would you say a star forward that plays 18-20 minutes a game skates in an average game?

Now obviously an Alex Ovechkin is going to cover more ground than a Jason Allison or Tomas Holmstrom would, but you know. Just throw out a guess if you want. Forward or D, star or grinder, whatever.

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Never thought about but being a goalie, not much, about 110-150ft, go move back and forth alot you know. If the game is basically in your zone the whole time, 200+?

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I don't know but that's a good question. I know that in soccer, especially at the highest level (Champion's League, World/Euro Cup) They players can expect to run about 6km minimum. Attacking Midfielders ~8km

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Ice is 200 feet long or so, so let's go with 600-1000 feet per shift. 15-20 shifts, so between 2-4 miles would be my guess.

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Lets say on an average shift the player skates 600 feet (or, the length of ice three times) and he spends about 40 seconds on the ice. 20 minutes of that is 18,000 feet, or 3.4 miles. Wildly rough estimates here.

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I don't know but that's a good question. I know that in soccer, especially at the highest level (Champion's League, World/Euro Cup) They players can expect to run about 6km minimum. Attacking Midfielders ~8km
I don't think the the quality of competition really matters in a statistic like this but yea the average soccer player runs about 5-7 miles per game. More for some positions than others of course.

No idea about hockey though.

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I remember reading ages ago that your average referee skates eight miles in a game .. and they're on for the entire 60 minutes

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I was just skimming an old hockey coaching book (by Lloyd something or other, too lazy to go get the book), and it mentioned something like 2 or 3 miles.

Funny thread timing, because I just read that number yesterday, and was going to see if I could find an update estimate for NHL players.

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I don't think the the quality of competition really matters in a statistic like this but yea the average soccer player runs about 5-7 miles per game. More for some positions than others of course.

No idea about hockey though.


During the very few soccer games I watched in my life (which thankfully includes "the headbutt"), most of the time they're walking, not running.

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During the very few soccer games I watched in my life (which thankfully includes "the headbutt"), most of the time they're walking, not running.
they run a lot, and walk some, but when you have to get back to hlep out your defense especially as a mid-field it is pretty insane the amount of running they do. Also the number of possesion changes causes guys to run back and forth, add to that the size of a field

They obvi cant keep running, since they dont have"shifts" like hockey and usually have to go for the 45 mins before the break

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Now obviously an Alex Ovechkin is going to cover more ground than a Jason Allison or Tomas Holmstrom would, but you know. Just throw out a guess if you want. Forward or D, star or grinder, whatever.
How so? He only skates from the top of his own blueline to the other goal line.

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I don't know but that's a good question. I know that in soccer, especially at the highest level (Champion's League, World/Euro Cup) They players can expect to run about 6km minimum. Attacking Midfielders ~8km
It would be cool if TSN or Versus attached a tracker to a player to calculate the distance covered, like the Champions League broadcasters show on their telecasts. It would be an interesting piece of information.

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Maybe a stupid idea but couldn't they implant some sort of GPS device in perhaps the skates or such and that way they could track how much each player skates?

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How so? He only skates from the top of his own blueline to the other goal line.
Ooooh, sick burn.

Had to know a Pens fan wouldn't pass up the opportunity to rip on Ovy again.

As for the question at hand, I would guess it's somewhere between 2-3km's per game.

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At an average speed of 9- 15 mph, 20 minutes would be 3-5 miles or roughly 5-8 km while the clock is running.

A lot of power play time tends to be slower/positional, much more free wheeling at even strength.

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iirc, ryan kesler recently wore some type of pedometer (sp?) during a game (i think it might have been game 1, or the final game of the season). i think i recall the sports guys the next day saying that he had skated 11 or 13 km (roughly 8 miles), so you guys are dead on with your ranges. granted, kesler doesnt stop moving his feet when he's on the ice.lol

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During the very few soccer games I watched in my life (which thankfully includes "the headbutt"), most of the time they're walking, not running.
You'd be surprised.

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then who was phone???

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id guess around 3-5 miles or so . . but they are sprinting it, which makes it difficult. I rollerblade between 25 and 35 miles a day in the summer, but im pacing myself. After playing a 2 hour pickup, im more tired than i am after i skate 30 miles.

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the answer is -14?

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the answer is -14?
-17 I think but who's counting. Nevermind... I can't integrate. As a math major i should be able to do that. -14 it is...

And what does this have to do with the thread?

If Kesler skating 8 miles in a game is right, that is just sick. Most of that is dead sprints... Yikes.

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This is a weird, random question, I don't know how or why one would calculate this or if anyone's bothered, but how far would you say a star forward that plays 18-20 minutes a game skates in an average game?

Now obviously an Alex Ovechkin is going to cover more ground than a Jason Allison or Tomas Holmstrom would, but you know. Just throw out a guess if you want. Forward or D, star or grinder, whatever.
Interesting choice
To answer your question: I don't know.

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I'd say it probably be around 3-4 miles

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