What are the most basic capabilities that an ice hockey player must possess? Being able to skate fast was the top one on this list. If you can’t skate fast, you can’t make ice hockey a career because the fast skaters will trounce you. Hockey is a high-speed game. So, how fast can ice players skate?
The fastest hockey players can cross at a maximum speed of almost 25mp/h or 40km/h. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is the fastest skater in the NHL.
It is difficult to calculate the speed precisely and determine how fast the players are going, but the NHL is working on this issue. The NHL has decided to add computer chips to the players’ sweaters which will calculate the speed at which the players are skating. Hence, more reliable data will be available in the years to come, and we will be able to determine the stats accurately.
Winners of the Fastest Skater at All-Star Skills Competition
The NHL has a competition to determine the fastest skater. In this All-Star Skills Competition, the players have to skate a full lap around the ice. The player who is the fastest will take lesser time than the others and complete the task before them. So, the one to take the least time becomes the winner.
The maximum speed that the players have reached in this competition is 25mp/h or 40 km/h. The table below shows the winners from the last five years.
2019 World Ice hockey Championships Fastest Skating Times
The NHL does not share publicly how fast the players have been in the games. Still, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), which looks after the World Championships and Olympic hockey, measured the players’ speeds in the 2019 world Ice Hockey Championships and made this record public.
According to the list they released, the following are the players who had the top speeds in the competition.
*Source of the Above Table: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2018/wm/news/3150/stats-you-have-never-seen-before
These statistics prove our claim that the fast speed is usually around the range of 25 mph or 40 kph.
Who is the Fastest Skater in the NHL?
The fastest skater in the NHL is Connor McDavid, who has won the fastest skater competition three times in four years. In the fourth year, he was second to Mathew Barzal, which came out as a surprise.
To find out who is the fastest skater in the NHL, the NHLPA did a poll in 2017-18. In the survey, they asked the players who, according to them, was the fastest player. The results are as follows.
|Player||Percentage of Votes|
*Source of the Above Table: https://www.nhlpa.com/player-poll/2017-18
And here again, we see that the clear majority of the players have voted Connor McDavid as the fastest skater in the NHL.
So, the fastest skater in the NHL is Connor McDavid.
Who is the Fastest Player ever in the NHL?
In the entire history of the NHL, Bobby Hull is the fastest player, with a speed of 29.2 mph or 47 km. His name is there in the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is a considerable number, a breakneck speed!
There is also a team in his name, the Winnipeg Jets. Bobby Hull was also called the Golden Jet because of his blonde hair, which would race through the wind while he was skating.