How Long Is An Average Ice Hockey Game

The average length of an ice hockey game is around 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Supporting facts:

1. Regulation ice hockey games consist of three periods, each lasting 20 minutes.
2. There are two intermissions between the periods, typically lasting around 17-18 minutes each.
3. Time-outs requested by teams or officials can add additional minutes to the game.
4. Stoppages in play, such as penalties, injuries, or video reviews, can also prolong the game.
5. Overtime periods, if necessary, can extend the game beyond the regulation time.


1. Can an ice hockey game end in a tie?
– Regular-season games can end in a tie if neither team scores during the overtime period. However, if the game is part of a tournament or playoffs, there will be additional overtime periods until a winner is determined.

2. How long is the average intermission between periods?
– The intermissions between periods typically last around 17-18 minutes. This time allows the players to rest, receive coaching instructions, and for ice resurfacing to be done.

3. Do all ice hockey games have overtime periods?
– Not all regular-season games have overtime periods. In the NHL, for example, regular-season games that end in a tie after regulation time will go into a five-minute sudden-death overtime. If no goals are scored in overtime, the game ends as a tie.

4. Can a game end in a shootout?
– In some leagues, including the NHL, if no goals are scored during the overtime period, the game proceeds to a shootout. In a shootout, each team selects a certain number of shooters to take penalty shots, and the team with the most goals at the end of the shootout wins the game.

5. What happens if a game is tied after overtime and there is no shootout?
– If a game is tied after overtime and no shootout is held, regular-season games will end as a tie. However, in playoff games, additional overtime periods will be played until a winning goal is scored.

6. Can a game be shortened due to unforeseen circumstances?
– In rare cases, a game can be shortened due to unforeseen circumstances such as power outages, severe weather, or unsafe playing conditions. The decision to shorten a game is usually made by the league officials or referees.

7. What is the longest ice hockey game ever played?
– The longest professional ice hockey game ever played was on March 24-25, 1936, between the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons. The game lasted for 176 minutes and 30 seconds, totaling six overtime periods, before it ended with a goal scored by Mud Bruneteau.

The average length of an ice hockey game is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including the three 20-minute periods and two intermissions. However, factors such as time-outs, stoppages in play, and the need for overtime periods can extend the game beyond the regulation time.