In fact, NHL pucks are used on average for no more than 2-3 minutes before they are replaced. The warmer the puck, the softer it becomes and the more likely it is to chip.
Hockey pucks are made of vulcanized rubber and are designed to be extremely durable. A University of Alabama experiment in 2014 showed that a standard puck could withstand 80,000 pounds of pressure before starting to break apart completely. So you can imagine how powerful this hydraulic press is.
All NHL and AHL pucks will be frozen before the game. There are reasons for that. They glide smoother and faster when frozen, and freezing eliminates jumping. Because pucks are made of vulcanized rubber, they bounce like tennis balls when hit with a stick.
Because pucks are frozen and eventually thaw, NHL officials change pucks several times per game. But how many do they use? The average NHL game uses between 40 and 50 pucks per game. There are many reasons an NHL official would switch pucks 40-50 times per game.
Each puck costs the league $40 to make. This is part of the NHL unveiling their long-awaited puck and player tracking technology to be leveraged for improved data collection and metrics, and the tidal wave of legalized sports betting that’s on the way.
The Inglasco NHL Team Classic Logo Ice Hockey Pucks are NHL®-approved. These hockey pucks are manufactured and printed by Inglasco, the official puck supplier to the NHL®.
Meanwhile, the NHL will resume using pucks from the 2019-20 season without tracking chips beginning with Tuesday’s games.
The puck’s black rubber is a blend of natural rubber, antioxidants, binders and other chemicals to achieve a balance of hardness and durability. This mixture is then rotated in a machine with metal rollers where workers add additional natural rubber and ensure the mixture is even.
NHL players do not pay for their own gear. Typically, manufacturers pay NHL players and give them free gear in exchange for promotions.
The funny thing is that unlike a leg or arm injection, you do not feel immediate pain. You know your face is probably bruised, but it’s not like you can see your own face, so you have a brief, fleeting moment of hope that maybe you avoided injury.
They use a new one per game on average – they don’t get a new one every game, but they can break a few in a game, so it’s about 80 a year on average. There are players in the league who use three new racquets in a [single] game, but generally it’s about one.”
The pucks (or cookies as they are sometimes called) are stored in a freezer in the penalty box at a temperature between 14 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 and -6.7 degrees Celsius) to ensure they are frozen are brought into play before they are used.
“Hockey pucks are made of vulcanized rubber and slide smoother and faster when frozen,” said Dan Craig, NHL vice president of facilities operations. “Freezing a puck eliminates bouncing and play officials closely monitor the puck for temperature changes that can affect performance during play.
The dimensions of a puck are standard, but the weight of a hockey puck may vary slightly. An official hockey puck weighs between 5.5 and 6 ounces or 154 to 168 grams.
(a) The puck must be made of vulcanized rubber or other approved material, be one inch thick and three inches in diameter, weigh between 5½ ounces and 6 ounces and be black.
The Mechanics of Ice Skating
NHL players can reach speeds in excess of 20 miles (32 km) per hour on the ice. Some speed skaters have been clocked at over 30 miles (48 km) per hour!