Best Ice Hockey Pucks: What are they?
Ice hockey pucks are made from ice or snow. They have a diameter of 1/2 inch (12 mm) or less. There are two types of hockey pucks: Inglispuck and Inglispicks. Both types of pucks are used in ice hockey games. The size and shape of the puck determines its type.
Inglispick is the most common type of hockey puck. It is usually made from hard plastic. These pucks are used for practice and exhibition games.
Inglispicks are also used for practice and exhibition games. They are not suitable for competitive play because they do not break easily when hit with a stick or another player’s body parts.
Inglispuck pucks are made from soft plastic or wood, depending on their material of origin. Some examples of inglispicks include:
The name “Inglispick” comes from the fact that these pucks were originally manufactured in Sweden. The Inglispick was first introduced into the United States in 1882 by a company called Ingleside. Inglispen became popular among American players during the early 1900s.
They were known as “the Swedish ball.”
During the 1920s and 1930s, Inglispuck was the leading manufacturer of pucks. The company’s factory was located in New York City. As a result, many New Yorkers called the pucks “Claro’s”.
The company was acquired in the 1960s by the National Products Corporation. It later changed its name to Inglis Corporation. The company still exists today as the maker of “ice hockey equipment” and “snow sports equipment.”
In today’s world, Inglis is a common name for many ice hockey pucks, not just the original ones. These days, most Inglispicks are made from plastic or soft rubber.
Fibreflex is a brand of soft-rubber pucks. It is one of the most popular pucks because it is easy to mold and affordable. In addition, it gives players a good grip on the puck even when their hands are wet.
HockeyShot is a type of durable polyurethane plastic. It can be used for both practice and play.
Dryland Inglas pucks are made from wood or plastic. They are used in “dryland” practice. This includes shooting, passing and stick-handling drills.
The holes in the middle make it easier for players to control the puck and work on their stick-handling skills.
Frozen Pond is a brand of soft-rubber pucks. It is sometimes used in “real life” games because it is softer than other types of pucks. It does not hurt as much when hit by this type of puck.
There are many other types of pucks. Each one is designed for a specific purpose. For example, some types of pucks are designed for shooting practice with the use of drones.
Other types of pucks are designed for “3 on 3” and “4 on 4” games.
Cork pucks are also available. They are usually used by street hockey players and in recreational facilities.
Why Do Ice Hockey Pucks Have Holes In The Middle?
The official rules for all National Hockey League (NHL) games state that every company that makes ice hockey pucks must make the holes in the middle of the puck. This is done to increase the number of “tangential releases” during shooting drills. NHL players are used to the feel of pucks with holes in them. Many of them believe that pucks with holes shoot, stop and spin faster than non-holed pucks.
The reason why all ice hockey pucks have holes in the middle is because the equipment manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs is credited with the idea. Bored during a game at Montreal’s Mount Royal Arena on December 8, 1937, John P. McLaughlin decided to cut a hole in a leather disk.
He used a felt-tipped pen to make the hole. He then used tape to fasten a rubber disk over the hole. He found that the puck would spin faster and curve more than a regular leather disk when shot. It worked so well that he decided to have several holes put into new, real pucks for a playoff game between the New York Americans and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on April 13, 1938.
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Biomechanics of ice hockey slap shots: which stick is best? by DJ Laliberte – The Sport Journal, 2009 – go.gale.com
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Hockey glove by WB Best – US Patent 6,959,453, 2005 – Google Patents
Experimental Characterization of Ice Hockey Sticks and Pucks by RL Anderson – 2008 – dissertations.wsu.edu