How a Hockey Puck Is Made
A hockey puck is a disk made of vulcanized rubber that serves the same functions in various games as a ball does in ball games. The best-known use of pucks is in ice hockey, a major international sport. Many tribes throughout North America played a version of field hockey which involved some type of “puck” or ball, and curved wooden sticks. Ice hockey was first observed by Europeans being played by Mi’kmaq Indians in Nova Scotia in the late 17th century. It was called ricket by the Natives. The game was played utilizing a frozen road apple as the first puck. Eventually, they began to carve pucks from cherry wood, which was the puck of preference until late in the century when rubber imported by Euro-Americans replaced the wood.