Hockey Geometry

By Wendy Patrone-M... on Apr 24, 2017

This lesson is adapted from "Science of NHL Hockey: Hockey Geometry" on ( Student can learn more about different geometrical shapes in the world of hockey by visiting a hockey rink for a guided tour or by examining a tactile diagram. Students will be able to identify the following during a tour of a hockey rink or on a diagram of a rink: circle, radius, quadrilateral, parallelogram, rectangle, semi-circle, trapezoids, cylinder, angles (obtuse, acute, and right)


  • Video Clip: "Science of NHL Hockey: Hockey Geometry ( - may need to provide video description Computer or iPad to play video clip
  • Diagram of a hockey rink (for the lesson or to preview a lesson at the rink) - has a great diagram used for marking the ice that includes the dimensions of the different areas of the surface
  • Wheatley's Diagramming Kit (to use in the classroom during the introduction or to take to the rink to reinforce concepts during tour)
  • Basic human guide technique lessons for any coaches or players who serve as guides at the rink


  1. Review the following geometry terms: circle, semi-circle, radius, angles, cylinders, parallelogram, rectangle, quadrilateral, trapezoid, angles (acute, obtuse, and right)
  2. Provide students with a tactile diagram of a hockey rink highlighting the areas of the rink that have the geometric shapes.
  3. Let the student examine a hockey puck and a hockey stick to model a cylinder and an obtuse angle.
  4. If available in your area, take your student to tour a hockey rink. Enlist the help of players and coaches to provide your students with a tour of the areas outlined in the video. Players can also explain/demonstrate concepts of angles that they use when taking shots at the net.
  5. Plan a field trip to a hockey game and have them bring their tactile diagrams along so they can follow play on the ice. Students will also have practice ascending and descending stairs without rails, finding seats in a venue with row seating, soliciting assistance, etc.

Hockey geometry collage



  • O&M - Surface Change: This activity provides students with the opportunity to experience walking on ice (surface change).
  • O&M - Ice Cleats: If permitted by the rink, students can give their ice cleats a trial run during their tour in preparation for inclement weather.
  • O&M - Row Seating: At the rink, students can be provided with instruction on how to locate their seats, how to enter and exit the row of seating, etc. Play the role of the usher so students can practice soliciting assistance when searching for their seats in a setting like a rink or a concert hall.
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