Hockey pucks weren't always made of black
rubber like they are today. The early pucks were probably balls, but other
objects were also used, such as stones, lumps of coal, or frozen cow or
horse poop. Wooden pucks were used for many years. Mothers sometimes put hot
baked potatoes into their children's skates so that the skates would be cozy
and warm when the children reached the rink or pond. The potatoes were not
thrown away. They eventually froze and were used as pucks. Although rubber
was invented in 1839, it wasn't until the late 1880s that someone thought of
making rubber pucks.
Q. What is the size and weight of an
official game puck?
A. An official game puck measures three inches
in diameter and one inch thick. It weighs six ounces and is constructed of
vulcanized rubber. The puck is not only solid to remove the “bounce”, but it
is frozen prior to professional games to make it even more bounce resistant.