I’ve been a collegiate sports performance coach for 20 years. One thing I always felt was effective was showing guys the heights and weights of players at their position in the pros.
It helped give many players the extra motivation needed to gain weight when they were able to compare themselves to guys at the next level.
So, this is essentially the same research I would share with players, but now I’m sharing it with you. I took the active rosters for the 2022-2023 NHL hockey season, over 800 players total and broke them down by position.
For this guide, I took an average of the heights and weights of the 72 goalies across the league. In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest goalies as well. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random hockey knowledge.
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Average Height of an NHL Goalie
The average height of an NHL Goalie is 74.68 inches (just under 6’3″ tall)
Average Weight of an NHL Goalie
The average weight of an NHL Forward is 199.89 pounds.
Who Are The Tallest Goalies in the NHL?
There are three players all listed at 6’6″, the tallest of any goalie in the league.
|Tallest Goalies in the NHL|
|Jacob Markstrom||6’6″||Goalie||Calgary Flames|
|Anthony Stolarz||6’6″||Goalie||Anaheim Ducks|
|Magnus Hellberg||6’6″||Goalie||Detroit Red Wings|
Who are the Shortest Goalies in the NHL?
There are only 3 goalies in the league listed under six foot tall.
|Shortest Goalies in the NHL|
|Jaroslav Halak||5’11”||Goalie||New York Rangers|
|Alex Stalock||5’11”||Goalie||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Juuse Saros||5’11”||Goalie||Nashville Predators|
Who are the Heaviest Goalies in the NHL?
There are 5 goalies in the NHL that weigh over 220 pounds.
|Heaviest Goalies in the NHL|
|Anthony Stolarz||243||Goalie||Anaheim Ducks|
|Frederik Andersen||238||Goalie||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Mackenzie Blackwood||225||Goalie||New Jersey Devils|
|Karel Vejmelka||224||Goalie||Arizona Coyotes|
|Brian Elliott||221||Goalie||Tampa Bay Lightning|
Who are the Lightest Goalies in the NHL?
There are only 3 guys who weigh less than 175 pounds.
|Lightest Goalies in the NHL|
|Alex Stalock||170||Goalie||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Jordan Binnington||172||Goalie||St Louis Blues|
|Jaxson Stauber||174||Goalie||Chicago Blackhawks|
So, what did I learn?
In a position where size (especially length) would seem to be an advantage, there are still guys of all different sizes excelling.
Admittedly, there are no 5’7″ or 5’8″ guys that you see playing forward and even defenseman. However, Alex Stalock who has been in the league for over a decade is getting it done at only 5’11” and 170 pounds. That’s pretty impressive!
I’m always fascinated by the range of body types that play the same positions. You find it in sports like football and basketball and you see it here in hockey as well. Guys that are over half a foot different in height (from 6’6″ to 5’11”) and 70 pounds in weight (170 to 243) are all playing the same position at the very highest level.