Hockey - Play of the Game
Play of the Game
While college and international rinks vary slightly, NHL hockey is typically played on a rink shaped like a rounded rectangle measuring 200 feet (61 metres) long and 85 feet (26 metres) wide. The goal cage is 4 feet (1.2 metres) high and 6 feet (1.8 metres) wide. Any shot that completely clears the goal line, a 2-inch (5-cm) wide stripe on the ice across the front of the cage, is a goal. In front of the goal is the ‘crease’, a semicircular area marked by a red line. When the goalie is in the crease, no attacking player may enter unless the puck is also there. If the goalie is not in the crease, any player may enter. The blue lines that divide the ice into three zones are 60 feet (18 metres) out from the goal line and are painted across the width of the ice. The area between the blue lines is called the neutral zone. This zone is marked by a red line in the center.