Average Height and Weight of Hockey Players (NHL 2023)


Average Height and Weight of NHL Players

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 each position across the league. In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest players as well regardless of position. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random hockey knowledge.

Average Height of an NHL Player by Position

Average NHL Player Height
Overall 73.34
Goalie 74.68
Defenseman 73.76
Left Wing 72.79
Center 72.99
Right Wing 72.90

Average Weight of an NHL Player by Position

Average NHL Player Weight
Overall 199.54
Goalie 199.89
Defenseman 202.84
Left Wing 198.66
Center 196.90
Right Wing 198.03

Who Are The Tallest Players in the NHL?

There are over 20 players listed at 6’6″, but only 4 players are 6’7″ or taller.

Tallest Players in the NHL
Player Height Position Team
Tyler Myers 6’8″ Defense Vancouver Canucks
Jamie Oleksiak 6’7″ Defense Seattle Kraken
Logan Stanley 6’7″ Defense Winnipeg Jets
Victor Hedman 6’7″ Goalie Tampa Bay Lightning

Who are the Shortest Players in the NHL?

There are six players listed at 5’8″ or shorter.

Shortest Players in the NHL
Player Height Position Team
Cole Caufield 5’7″ Right Wing Montreal Canadiens
Tyler Johnson 5’8″ Center Chicago Blackhawks
Alex DeBrincat 5’8″ Right Wing Ottawa Senators
Cam Atkinson 5’8″ Right Wing Philadelphia Flyers
Mats Zuccarello 5’8″ Right Wing Minnesota Wild
Kailer Yamamoto 5’8″ Right Wing Edmonton Oilers

Who are the Heaviest Players in the NHL?

There are 5 players in the NHL that weigh 240 pounds or over.

Heaviest Players in the NHL
Player Weight Position Team
Jamie Oleksiak 257 Defense Seattle Kraken
Nikita Zadorov 248 Defense Calgary Flames
Victor Hedman 244 Defense Tampa Bay Lightning
Anthony Stolarz 243 Goalie Anaheim Ducks
Milan Lucic 240 Left Wing Calgary Flames

Who are the Lightest Players in the NHL?

There are only 6 guys (out of over 800) who weigh less than 170 pounds.

Lightest Players in the NHL
Player Weight Position Team
Kailer Yamamoto 153 Right Wing Edmonton Oilers
Jakob Pelletier 160 Left Wing Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau 165 Left Wing Columbus Blue Jackets
Conor Garland 165 Right Wing Vancouver Canucks
Noah Cates 165 Left Wing Philadelphia Flyers
Jared Spurgeon 166 Defense Minnesota Wild

Final Thoughts

So, what did I learn?

In some sports, like football and basketball, there is a tremendous difference between the heights and weights of different position groups. Think of the difference between the size of an offensive lineman and a cornerback.

However, in hockey, the difference between a forward and a defenseman or even a forward and a goalie is relatively small. On average, each position is around 6’1″ to 6’3″ and roughly 200 pounds.

That’s not to say that there isn’t a vast difference between players individually though. Looking at the tallest and shortest players above along with the heaviest and lightest illustrates that perfectly.

There are guys playing the same position that are almost an entire foot difference in height and sometimes close to an almost 100 pounds difference in weight! That’s always crazy to me that you can have so many different body types that have all made it to the highest level in their sport.

It truly goes to show that there is so much more to achieving athletic success than simply how tall you are.

Finally, if you’d like to see a further breakdown of each position:

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Ryan Horton

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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