Joe asked in SportsHockey · 6 years ago

Why is olympic hockey rinks bigger than NHL?

or vice versa

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  • Mr Q
    Lv 4
    6 years ago
    Best Answer

    Ice hockey in the Olympics is governed under the International Ice Hockey Federation, so they play by the federation rules, that includes rink size. There was one exception, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, instead of building a temporary and smaller hockey arena with fewer seats to accommodate an IIHF size rink, they took the NHL size rink Rogers Arena with 18,860 seats (at the time of the Games). So the IOC could have more revenue.

    If ever the Winter Games are held in another NHL city (like Denver who are thinking of biding for 2026), than the IOC and IIHF will do the same like Vancouver.

  • 6 years ago

    The International Ice size originated in the '50's when more hockey was being played in Europe. Why these dimensions were chosen is lost in iniquity but probably as obtuse as the reason for the North American rink at 200' by 85'. (dimension of the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal site of first indoor game). The IIHF size is probably just as arbitrary.

  • 6 years ago

    like Alain said

    aka if its in North America it will be North American rink

    all the europeans play on "international" rink

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Go Big or Go Home!!

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