All You Need to Know About Hockey Pucks
There are a lot of winter sports that always take place on the ice. Ice is a nice platform where you can fight their skills.
Ice hockey is one of the best games that can be played on ice. An ice hockey match usually involves two teams skating around the ice. They use sticks to pass black objects known as ice hockey pucks around the designated area so that they can score in front of the goalkeeper and in the net.
Design of a hockey puck
The hockey puck has a round flat design and is made of vulcanized rubber. It is a process where the rubber is heated and hardened to the size of a small, flat, round black disc. The edge of the washer appears bumpy on its grooves. It has slightly raised diamond-shaped patterns. Hockey pucks that are made very smooth are difficult to control and shoot, which is why they have raised patterns in order to have perfect grip for controlling and shooting.
A hockey puck used in a game is usually 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick. It has a diameter of 3 inches (7.62 centimeters). It has standard dimensions and the weight varies between 5.5 and 6 ounces, 154 and 168 grams respectively.
History behind the hockey puck
Hockey pucks were used for the first time in 1875, but the one behind his invention is not entirely clear. It is also not known how the hockey puck got its name, although there are theories that explain how it got its name. The first theory explains that it takes its name from the character "puck" after being hit. This is based on the night dream of William Shakespeare. The other theory is that it was given the name of the word of etymology derived from Scottish Gaelic puc and Irish poc which essentially refers to poking, delivering a blow or simply punching.
How is hockey made?
Hockey pucks can be used primarily for three purposes: for training, for the official NHL and for souvenir purposes. There are two methods involved and it depends on the purpose for which it is made.
The washers designed for the practice require rubber tubes 40 feet long. The rubber tubes are then pulled and sliced into pieces of four inches each. They are then heated in a two-part heating mold which compresses them together. Up to 10,000 washers can be made in one day.
The regulatory clearance washers require a process of mixing granular rubber with a bonding material. The mixture is then placed in a mold at room temperature and compressed. The manufacturing process for regulatory game pucks is slow as only 5,000 game quality pucks can be made in a week.
Variations in hockey pucks
Hockey pucks can be manufactured in different variants depending on the use. An official hockey puck that is normally used in games is designed to specified standards to meet the required size and weight.
Washers used for training and by young people
The pucks made for young people are lighter and weigh about 4 ounces (110 grams). This is due to their small sizes and they cannot bear the weight of the official hockey bags. They are usually designed with a blue color.
The heavier official pucks are generally used for training purposes by adults. They usually appear pink or reddish orange in color and can weigh around 10 ounces (280 grams). Heavier hockey pucks are used in training to add strength to the players.
Line and street hockey pucks
The hockey pucks used for street and line hockey generally have a lighter weight. They are also made of plastic to keep them light. Lighter hockey pucks allow street hockey players to drag them over rough surfaces on the streets. They are also designed in a lighter form to minimize bouncing and excessive flutter.
Line hockey pucks, on the other hand, are designed with protruding sliding pegs so that it is easier for them to slide over any surface of the field or concrete. There are also foam hockey pucks designed for indoor use.
For standardization purposes, hockey pucks are subject to size and weight checks. Any washer that does not meet the prescribed standards is recycled and used to make a new washer. Later, there are specimens that are removed and frozen for at least ten days and then bounced. The goal is to achieve rebound consistency from the previous batch.
In addition, the washers are checked for the effects of air humidity, dust particles and the like. Any discolored washer is washed with a paint thinner and re-subjected to the screen printing process.
Fun facts about hockey pucks
It is believed that cow dung was frozen and used in the early hockey games before the introduction of modern hockey pucks. It is thought to be very interesting and if it was brought back, it could be more interesting and fun.
We know for certain reasons that NASA uses two-ton hockey pucks to train astronauts. This is because floating equipment tends to drift and they use two-ton hockey pucks to prepare the astronauts to familiarize him with it.
The first rubber hockey pucks would be made from sliced lacrosse balls. At first, when hockey was done indoors, players used balls. Later, the balls were then divided into thirds, but the central section was retained, which was then the standard washer in 1885.
We also know that it is possible to celebrate the anniversary of the hockey puck on February 7 th February. Ideally, the term "puck" appeared on 7 February 1876. This date is therefore considered to be the anniversary of the hockey puck.
It is a fun fact that once a Swedish hockey player Alexander Wennberg scored by dropping the hockey puck from his pants. It was after he got in his pants and skated behind the goalkeeper and managed to pull it out.
Alexander Ryazantsev is the KHL player behind the fastest ever puck shot which hit 114 miles an hour and Denis Kulyash launched the second fastest at 110.43 mph.