Holy Galvanised Rubber Bettman!

Sam HansenContributor IJune 2, 2009

When I sat down to write this I was originally going to scribe something to do with Sidney Crosby's groin-like facial hair or Jim's Silly Balls and his bid to buy the Coyotes, but after noticing many articles already on these ever popular topics, I decided not to.

Instead I find myself drawn to the ever popular topic of hockey pucks. Yes, my friends, that black rubber biscuit we love so much is going to embrace us today much the same way hockey players do after scoring a goal; with a hug, a head tap, and a lovingly tap on the rear end.

The standard ice hockey puck is a remarkable item really.  It's origin is many depending on who you talk to, but the general consensus is that the puck originated in 1875 by a ball being cut in half to make it slide on the ice surface, rather than roll.

Some say students at Boston University did this, but the validity of this is not known.  The first reported use of a "half-ball" puck however was in Montreal, in 1875.

The standard ice hockey puck weighs in between 5.5 and 6 ounces (156 - 170g).  Ironically, that's about the same weight as the local sports betting gave odds that Sidney Crosby would hoist the Stanley Cup this year.  Much like sports betting odds, the weight of pucks can vary depending on variations.

Dimensions of the hockey puck are three inches in diameter (76mm) and one inch in height (25mm). 

That equates to approximately two thirds of a cup of water in measure, or, the amount of General Manager skill that Brett Hull showed during his time with the Dallas Stars.  Luckily for the Stars, Hull is now "re-assigned."  Luckily for us, the puck stays the same.

Pucks can reach speeds of over 100mph (160km/h) during games when struck.  That's about the same speed at which the NHL will step in and over-rule penalties if they want to show how stupid they can be.  It's also the speed Gary Bettman can move when someone threatens to buy a failing team in a failing location. 

So you see,  while the world may be full of news about Bettman, the Coyotes, Jim's Balls and Crosby's Pubes, the fact remains...the hearty little puck outshines them all and can always be relied on for a good slapshot, a few goal celebrations and a good old fashioned game of hockey.


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