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Box Hockey Game information

Box Hockey is an outdoor game played by two people. Traditionally, box hockey was played on playgrounds in schoolyards as a kid’s game, but it’s now often being used as a hockey training tool. Many people have also been playing box hockey at tailgate functions and backyard BBQ’s.

The object of the game is to move a hockey puck from the center of the box out through a hole placed at the end of the box ( the goal ).Each player faces one another on either side of the box, and each attempts to move the puck to their left. If a player succeeds in getting the puck to exit the box through the goal, the player scores one point.The first player to score 11 points wins the game.

Box Hockey Game Rules

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Box Hockey Rules

  • To start the game (and after each goal), place the puck under the center mouse hole.
    Each player raps the bottom of the box with their stick and then taps their opponent’s blade three times. After the third tap, both players go after the puck and play begins.
  • Using their hockey stick, players attempt to move the puck through the holes to their left and out the hole at the end of the box (the goal).
  • In addition to advancing the puck towards their own goal, each player can use their blade to block their opponent’s progress or to steal the puck.
  • It is legal to use the blade to block the goal from either inside or outside of the box.
  • When a player succeeds in getting the puck to exit the box through the goal, the player scores one point.
  • The first player to score 11 points wins the game.

Equipment Needed to Play the Game

  • The Box. Approximately 6 feet long x 3 feet wide x 6 inches high (four sections in the box).
    Each divider has one or more “mouse holes” that are slightly wider than the puck.
  • Two hockey sticks. Sometimes shortened.
  • One hockey puck. Sometimes a floor hockey puck (plastic, hollow) is used.

How to Make a Box Hockey Game

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Hockey Boxes are 6 feet long by 3 feet wide, and 6 inches tall.
The puck holes are approximately 4 inches wide by 3 inches tall.


  • 6′ x 3′ sheet of plywood or masonite
  • 27′ length of 2″x6″

Cutting the Wood

  • cut the plywood or masonite to be 6’x3′, if it isn’t already.
  • cut 2 of the 2×6’s to be 6 feet long
  • cut 5 pieces of 2×6 to be 33 inches long ( 3 feet minus 3 inches, since they’re inside )

Cutting the puck goals, or “mouse holes”

  • On three of your 5 middle pieces, cut a 4″ wide by 3″ tall mouse hole in the center ( 16.5″ in. Two of these will be the end goals, and are done. Cut 2 additional goals / mouse holes on one of these pieces.
  • For the center, 3 Goal piece, space goals 6.5″ apart.
  • For 2 Goal pieces, cut 2 holes. Again goals will be 4″ wide by 3″ tall, and spaced 6.5″ apart. Center each goal 5.25″ off center ( or 11.25″ from the edge).

Assembling the boxes

  • Lay out all of your pieces, making sure everything has been cut correctly
  • Drill pilot holes in all of the pieces, to make final assemlbly easier ( optional )
  • Using 3″ wood screws, assemble the 2×6 frame, then center pieces.
  • Attach the bottom sheet to the frame.

Misc. building tips

  • Hole spacing and sizes are you to you! The examples here are based on misc. research, and are subject to change as better measurements are found.
  • Overall box size is also open to change. A sheet of plywood is 8’x4′, so you can make the game quite a bit bigger, if you so choose.
  • As you build your frame, make sure it is square by measuring from corner to corner
    diagonally. You should get the same measurement from opposite
  • Using wood glue during assembly will give you a slightly better end result
  • Sanding the 2×6’s before assembly will restult in a higher quality finished product.
    This is especially true around your goals / mouse holes.
  • Rounding your mouse holes will allow for use of a small ball for game play.
  • Most of all, have fun! This is a game, build it however you want!

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