|When buying a hockey goal net, there are
- The standard size ice hockey goal net is
6 feet wide by 4 feet high by 44 inches deep.
The uprights and crossbar are made of steel
and the whole thing weighs about 100 pounds.
- For a backyard ice rink, consider a lighter
“practice” net that is 6 feet wide by 4 feet
wide, but only 18 to 24 inches deep. These
weigh around 60 pounds each. The uprights
and crossbars are the same thickness as in
the regulation net, but the pipes in the
rear of the frame behind them are both shorter
- The standard size goalmouth for inline, roller,
and street hockey is also 6
feet by 4 feet.
The nets, though, tend to weigh
or less. Because the pucks
and balls used
in these variations of the
game are much
lighter than the solid rubber
puck, the net can be less sturdy.
are thus much thinner than
in ice hockey
- For floor hockey (indoor hockey played on
a gym or basketball floor),
a net with a
6x4 goalmouth weighs about
32 pounds. One
measuring 4x4 (for smaller
kids) will be
about 24 pounds. Look for models
that will protect a wooden
floor from scratching.
All the weights quoted above are for rigid
models made of steel piping.For inline, roller,
street, and floor hockey you can consider
lighter-weight, but less durable models made
of aluminum or thinner steel pipe. You also
can consider portable models that fold or
are easily assembled/disassembled. The tradeoff
is that portability reduces durability.
Substituting any of these lighter
portable or not) is not advisable
hockey, except for use by small
The heavy ice hockey puck not
only will damage
these easily, but also will send
In ice hockey, a regulation net in competitive
play is anchored with two magnetized pegs
that are placed in holes in the ice. You
can ignore this for backyard use. Even a
practice ice hockey net should be heavy enough
to stay in place when hit by a puck.
For shooting practice, consider
target that fits across the goalmouth.
is either a rigid board or a
(like nylon or canvas) with holes
strategic spots. The shooter
the puck (or ball) through these