B. Tiffney, Computer Engineer, M. Tech, Southeast Montgomery
Answered on Feb 19, 2019
Internationally, each team is allowed to have up to 20 players with six team officials on the bench per the International Ice Hockey Federation. Countries who participate in the Olympics and other international games follow this rule. These are usually games for (amateur) players, which are not paid. College teams typically have a few more players than international sports, and in the United States the number is roughly around 24.
Professionally, this figure changes as the needs for the team change. For example, the National Hockey League (NHL) can have four separate rosters with 23 active player roster (standard contract), 20 player dressed list for games, a 50 contract minimum, and a 90 player maximum reserve list. In total, teams can have up to 90 players on its reserve list including injured players. As you can see, that in the professional league the rules are quite different than amateur players, but this league is just in the United States and Canada.
There are 11 players on a team of hockey players. It is made up of a goal keeper, defenders, midfielders and forwards. The formation often consist of four forward, three halfbacks, three fullbacks and one goalkeeper, popularly known as 4- 3- 3 formation.
The typical roster size of a hockey team is twenty players, 2 goal keepers 12 forwards and 6 defensemen. The maximum number of players allowed in a roster is 23. Only 6 players per side are allowed on the ice at any given time. This translates to 3 offensive forwards, 2 defensemen and one goalkeeper.