- Mr QLv 46 years agoBest 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.
- tomjc43Lv 76 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
- Anonymous6 years ago
Go Big or Go Home!!