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 116 right wings across the league. In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest right wings as well. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random hockey knowledge.
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Average Height of an NHL Right Wing
The average height of an NHL Right Wing is 72.90 inches (just under 6’1″ tall)
Average Weight of an NHL Right Wing
The average weight of an NHL Right Wing is 198.03 pounds.
Who Are The Tallest Right Wings in the NHL?
There are 4 players listed at 6’5″ or taller, the tallest being Alexey Toropchenko at 6’6″.
|Tallest Right Wings in the NHL|
|Alexey Toropchenko||6’6″||Right Wing||St Louis Blues|
|Brett Leason||6’5″||Right Wing||Anaheim Ducks|
|Blake Wheeler||6’5″||Right Wing||Winnipeg Jets|
|Anthony Mantha||6’5″||Right Wing||Washington Capitals|
Who are the Shortest Right Wings in the NHL?
There are five players listed at 5’8″ or shorter, the shortest being Cole Caufield at 5’7″.
|Shortest Right Wings in the NHL|
|Cole Caufield||5’7″||Right Wing||Montreal Canadiens|
|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 Centers in the NHL?
There are 4 right wings in the NHL that weigh 225 pounds or more.
|Heaviest Right Wings in the NHL|
|Anthony Mantha||234||Right Wing||Washington Capitals|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||228||Right Wing||St Louis Blues|
|Blake Wheeler||225||Right Wing||Winnipeg Jets|
|Ryan Reaves||225||Right Wing||Minnesota Wild|
Who are the Lightest Right Wings in the NHL?
There are only 4 guys who weigh less than 175 pounds, the lightest – Kailer Yamamoto – weighing only 153 pounds!
|Lightest Right Wings in the NHL|
|Kailer Yamamoto||153||Right Wing||Edmonton Oilers|
|Conor Garland||165||Right Wing||Vancouver Canucks|
|William Lockwood||172||Right Wing||Vancouver Canucks|
|Cole Caufield||174||Right Wing||Montreal Canadiens|
So, what did I learn?
If you’re being told that you’re not big enough to play in the National Hockey League, then Cole Caufield may just become your new role model.
At only 5’7″ and 174 pounds, Cole is one of the smallest players in the league. He was drafted in the first round in 2019 and has already accumulated over 50 goals in his short 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 and 50 pounds in weight are all playing the same position at the very highest level.
However, when looking at different position groups within hockey itself, you see very similar averages amongst positions. If you compare left wings versus right wings or centers, the numbers are incredibly close. Every position averages about 6’1″ and right about 200 pounds.