What is the distance (mile/kilometer) that a top pro ice hockey player skates in the course of one game?
I know it is basically a series of sprints but I am curious about it. In other terms I suppose a stride/step count could prove just as useful. Hockey is a demanding sport on the whole body but i thought the answer to this might be interesting, just can't locate any studies discussing it. Any references one could provide would be awesome. Thanks.
thanks donovan. I suspected it had been asked before I didn't realize how long ago it had been asked.
- 10 years agoFavorite Answer
On October 24, 2008, Garmin used GPSs on 8 players in a game between Philadelphia and New Jersey, Paul Martin led all players with 5.1 miles skated (keep in mind that the GPS records movement even when a player is gliding). Martin Brodeur over the course of the same game skated 0.7miles (3700 feet).
Linesman Ray Scapinello told TSN several years ago that he skated about 12 miles a game (about 180 laps around the rink, or 3 per minute)
- 4 years ago
I play outdoor hockey in southern Manitoba - by no means pro. I play forward and will generally average 6 miles per game (using a Garmin 920X to measure distance). My max distance in a game has been 7.8 miles. This doesn t really equate to pro hockey players, since we don t play with full lines, and the games aren t really capped at an hour.
- 10 years ago
2 to 4 miles over the course of a game depending on length of game, substitutions, and play style between the two teams playing.
A player who plays regular shifts on the power play or penalty kill will see a lot more ice time. Also, defensemen will generally log more ice time than a forward will.
2.3 miles per game is your typical average for a forward, while 2.8 to 3 miles per game is a decent number for defense.Source(s): An issue of Popular Mechanics from the '60s... USA hockey's study of player-puck possession from 2002...