Fascinating Hockey Puck Facts!

Ashley | 05 - 21 - 2021
Hockey Puck

While there are many ice sports, ice hockey had gained fame because it gave an adrenaline rush to the audience, the battle was tough and on ice, how fascinating! We have come up with the most amazing hockey puck facts in this quiz to entertain you today.

What Is an Ice Hockey Puck? 

Hockey pucks were invented to replace the hockey balls that deflated when in contact with ice. A hockey puck weighs around six ounces and can cause serious bone injuries in case of an accident. Though the dimensions of a hockey puck are 1×3 inches, players can take a lot of time in recovery. 

Some brands do manufacture pucks that are heavier or lighter than the standard size and are mostly black in color for easy visibility on ice. The birthday of the ice hockey pucks is celebrated every year on the 7th of February.

Former Hockey Pucks Were Made of?
  • A. Cow Dung
  • B. Rubber Balls
  • C. Wooden Balls
  • D. All of the Above

What Is a Hockey Puck Made of?

Ice hockey was first played in the 1800 but the modern pucks were not introduced until 1940. The evolution of a hockey puck is listed below

  • 1800– Dried balls of cow dung, rubber balls, or wooden balls
  • 1875– Round edges of the balls mentioned above were cut off to prevent melting and bouncing.
  • 1876– The ball without edges was officially named as a “puck”
  • 1900– 2 pieces of rubber stuck together were used 
  • 1932– A new design was rejected
  • 1940– The modern puck made of vulcanized rubber was designed and approved

How Are Hockey Pucks Made?

The steps to make an ice hockey puck are as follows:

  1. Granular rubber is mixed with bonding material, coal dust, and antioxidants by hand.
  2. The mixture is compressed inside a two-part mold at room temperature
  3. The compressed mixture is shaped into cylindrical logs that are 3 inches wide
  4. Each log is compressed again inside a puck-shaped mold
  5. The silk-screening method is used to install logos on each puck
  6. The pucks are inspected to remove defective pieces
  7. The defective pieces are sent for recycling
  8. The remaining pucks are frozen for 10 days to check if they bounce
  9. Pucks that bounce are sent for recycling
  10. The remaining pucks are sent for sale

InGlasCo, Sher-Wood, Viceroy, and Spalding are top manufacturers of hockey pucks. Ice hockey pucks for NHL are currently supplied by Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Canadian InGlassCo.

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