What is a hockey puck made of? Hockey pucks are made of rubber that has been heated and cooled to create the small disks you’ll use for playing defense or going top shelf against an out-of-position goalie. The official stats on these balls aren’t just amazing; they’re pretty consistent throughout all levels too! Hockey pucks come in all different shapes and sizes, but they’re typically about an inch thick with 3 inches of diameter. The weight can vary slightly depending on what type you get- some weigh less than 5 ounces or 145 grams while others may be close to 6 oz., measuring just fewer than 7 cm across at their largest point!
How Did The Hockey Puck Get Its Name?
The hockey puck is a strange little object, but its origin and why it has such an interesting name are still up for debate. One theory suggests that the word comes from William Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night Dream.” Another holds that this sport may have derived from Scottish Gaelic puc or Irish Poc meaning to punch; deliver blow.
How Are Hockey Pucks Made?
Hockey pucks come in two different types depending on their intended use. If you’re looking for a practice puck, it’s made from 40-foot long rubber tubes that have been pulled and sliced into four-inch pieces before being dropped into the molds of either two separate heated sections or one single device which compresses them together at room temperature (depending). While regulation game variants require mixing granular rubbers with bonding materials; then placing these ingredients inside warm molds where they will eventually fill each cavity fully during manufacture–creating 10k+ hockey balls per day!
Hockey Puck Variations
TRAINING AND YOUTH HOCKEY PUCKS
Hockey pucks are made to very specific requirements for size, weight, and shape. The official puck used in games meets these standards but other lighters or heavier models exist as well which can be useful depending on what you’re looking to do with it! Youth hockey players might prefer using a 4 ounce 110-gram blue-colored ball instead of an 8 lbs 15 brass model so they have more control over the hitting surface area – this also makes them easier pickings when shooting from distance shots due to its reduced momentum speed through air.
Heavier training implements such as 18+1 alloy steel disk frequently come into play during practices where strength becomes a key factor rather than accurate aiming ability. A 10-ounce (280 grams) puck, generally pink or reddish-orange, helps players develop strength by taking repetitive shots with a heavier weight hockey puck. A 2-pound (910 grams) puck made of steel can be used to develop wrist strength, but should not be used for shooting. Goaltenders sometimes use white rubber pucks for practice, training the goalie to concentrate hard on seeing the puck and reacting quicker.
STREET AND INLINE HOCKEY PUCKS
The pucks used in hockey games can be made of different materials and shapes depending on what type it is. Street Hockey players will typically use plastic ones, whereas inline- or road warriors might prefer one that has an insert to help them slide over rough surfaces easier without causing too much noise when hitting something else with their stick; these are usually foam since they want less chance of harming someone besides themselves if unfortunate enough happenings should occur while playing.
INTERESTING HOCKEY PUCK FACTS
- Legend has it that cow dung was occasionally used as a hockey puck before pucks were widely produced.
- The first known hockey puck used in a game was square.
- Because the first rubber pucks were too bouncy, wooden pucks and even rocks were often used.
- Modern hockey pucks are frozen before games to prevent them from bouncing.
- NHL league logos are silk screened onto the puck with a rubber-based ink.
- Ice hockey pucks can reach speeds of more than 100 mph off a slapshot. The Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chára made a record-setting 108.8 mph slap shot at the 2012 All Star Game skills competition.