Average Height and Weight of Hockey Left Wings (NHL 2023)


Average Height and Weight of NHL Left Wings

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 134 left wings across the league. In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest left wings as well. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random hockey knowledge.

Average Height of an NHL Left Wing

The average height of an NHL Left Wing is 72.79 inches (just under 6’1″ tall)

Average Weight of an NHL Left Wing

The average weight of an NHL Left Wing is 198.66 pounds.

Who Are The Tallest Left Wings in the NHL?

There are 5 players listed at 6’5″ or taller, the tallest being Jordan Greenway at 6’6″.

Tallest Left Wings in the NHL
Player Height Position Team
Jordan Greenway 6’6″ Left Wing Minnesota Wild
Ross Johnston 6’5″ Left Wing New York Islanders
Patrik Laine 6’5″ Left Wing Columbus Blue Jackets
Pierre Engvall 6’5″ Left Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
Joona Koppanen 6’5″ Left Wing Boston Bruins

Who are the Shortest Left Wings in the NHL?

There are actually 10 guys all tied at 5’9″ as the shortest left wings in the league.

Shortest Left Wings in the NHL
Player Height Position Team
Brad Marchand 5’9″ Left Wing Boston Bruins
Ryan Lomberg 5’9″ Left Wing Florida Panthers
Rafael Harvey-Pinard 5’9″ Left Wing Montreal Canadiens
Nicholas Robertson 5’9″ Left Wing Toronto Maple Leafs
Johnny Gaudreau 5’9″ Left Wing Columbus Blue Jackets
Conor Sheary 5’9″ Left Wing Washington Capitals
Michael Carcone 5’9″ Left Wing Arizona Coyotes
Nathan Walker 5’9″ Left Wing St Louis Blues
Jakob Pelletier 5’9″ Left Wing Calgary Flames
James Hamblin 5’9″ Left Wing Edmonton Oilers

Who are the Heaviest Left Wings in the NHL?

There are 5 left wings in the NHL that weigh 235 pounds or more, including all-time great Alex Ovechkin.

Heaviest Left Wings in the NHL
Player Weight Position Team
Milan Lucic 240 Left Wing Calgary Flames
Alex Ovechkin 238 Left Wing Washington Capitals
Juraj Slafkovsky 238 Left Wing Montreal Canadiens
Nick Ritchie 236 Left Wing Arizona Coyotes
Anders Lee 235 Left Wing New York Islanders

Who are the Lightest Left Wings in the NHL?

There are only 4 guys (out of 134) who weigh 170 pounds or less.

Lightest Left Wings in the NHL
Player Weight Position Team
Jakob Pelletier 160 Left Wing Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau 165 Left Wing Columbus Blue Jackets
Noah Cates 165 Left Wing Philadelphia Flyers
Michael Carcone 170 Left Wing Arizona Coyotes

Final Thoughts

So, what did I learn?

If you’re being told that you’re not big enough to play in the National Hockey League, then Jakob Pelletier might just become your new role model.

At only 5’9″ and 160 pounds, Jakob is one of the smallest players in the league. Drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft just last year, he is currently in his rookie season with the Calgary Flames. Would be a great player to follow throughout his career.

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 almost a foot different in height (from 6’6″ to 5’9″) and up to 80 pounds in weight (160 to 240) are all playing the same position at the very highest level.

Finally, if you’re wondering if there is a difference between left wings and right wings height and weight, there isn’t at all. At least when you look at overall averages, the two positions are almost identical. There is only about a tenth of an inch difference in height and less than a pound difference in weight. And, centers are extremely close as well.

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Horton Barbell was created by Ryan Horton who has served as a Sports Performance Coach for almost 20 years. My mission is to create a training resource to help as many coaches and athletes as possible maximize athletic potential.

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