Hockey pucks travel at lightening speeds along the ice. It’s not unusual for them to reach speeds of more than 100 mph when hit by ice hockey players.
So how much does a hockey puck weigh?
The weight of a hockey puck is 5.5 or 6 ounces (156 or 170 grams).
There are also some pucks that weigh a bit less or a bit more.
How Much Does An NHL Hockey Puck Weigh?
The official weight of an NHL hockey puck is 6 ounces (170 grams).
Dimensions Of A Hockey Puck
A standard puck measures 1 inch thick and has a diameter of 3 inches.
Each of these pucks feature a crisscross pattern, to make it easier to control them on the ice.
What Is A Hockey Puck Made Of?
They use vulcanized rubber to make hockey pucks. Each one is decorated with the team or league logo that is silk-screened onto the rubber.
Modern pucks go through a lot of punishment before and during a hockey game.
All NHL and AHL pucks are frozen solid before a game. Why do they do that?
This ensures that a puck used during a game smoothly glides across the ice at faster speeds. It doesn’t bounce, which can be a problem if a rubber puck is not frozen.
A puck gets replaced after two minutes of game play with another frozen puck. It’s not unusual for a dozen or more pucks to be used!
~ Fun Fact ~
Hockey started off as an outdoor game and it was a lot different sport than it is now. Even the pucks they used were a lot different than the ones you see today. In fact the earliest games played with hockey pucks were frozen pieces of cow dung! Imagine that for a moment?