Hockey Nets: Art Ross

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The Art Ross hockey net is a B-shaped goal net designed by Art Ross. The shape of the hockey goal net greatly reduces dangerous rebounds coming from behind the net.

The NHL used the Art Ross style of hockey goal nets from 1927 to 1984. The NHL now uses a modified version of the Art Ross hockey goal net. See NHL Hockey Goal Nets for more information.

The Art Ross Hockey Net carries the same width dimension as the current regulation nets. The opening is 6 feet by 4 feet. The base depth is 44 inches, while the deepest parts of the top shelf extend to 24 inches. Since the back curves in a 'B' shape, the hockey net itself is specialized in design.

Replacement nets are sold in two pieces to accommodate the shape, which may be why the NHL moved to the modified shape.

Arthur Howey "Art" Ross invented the "Art Ross" hockey net. He also improved the hockey puck and did much more for the sport of hockey.

Arthur Ross:

  • was an executive for Canadian ice hockey
  • was a defenseman for the National Hockey League (NHL)
  • was a defenseman for the National Hockey Association (NHA)
  • served as either coach or manager of the Boston Bruins between 1924 and 1954
  • was the first to support hockey pucks which were made of synthetic rubber instead of natural rubber
  • improved the design of the puck, adding beveled edges. This reduced bouncing.
  • helped to create the red line, therefore speeding up the game
  • donated the Art Ross Trophy to the NHL
  • was one of the first 12 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1975
  • died at the age of 78 in Medford, Massachusetts, USA in 1964


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