How Thick Is the Ice for an NHL Hockey Rink?

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A Zamboni resurfaces the ice after an NHL hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Calgary Flames, Dec. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. On game days, the Kings use 800 to 1,200 gallons to maintain the ice. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jan 07, 2023, 9:50 AM

Since the first indoor hockey game was ever played in March 1875, the game has evolved dramatically but one thing has remained constant: the ice.

How Thick Is the Ice for an NHL Hockey Rink?

The ice in NHL arenas is typically 0.75 inches thick. That’s about 19.05 millimeters or 1.905 centimeters thick.

The rink has dimensions of 200 feet by 85 feet and requires about 15,000 gallons of water to create (and another 800-1,200 gallons of water to maintain on game days.)

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