Many people think a hockey puck is just a piece of rubber that was cut from an old tire and slapped around the ice with some sticks. However, these little pucks are actually made using a precise process that involves vulcanizing rubber and then molding it over an octagonal core.

This article will go through the steps hockey pucks go through to be made and how they’re used on the ice.

 

Making Hockey Pucks

Hockey pucks are made from vulcanized rubber, which is formed into a ball, cut into eight sections and then molded over an octagonal mold. The mold is removed after the vulcanization process and the puck is ready to be packaged and sold. Hockey pucks are sold in packs of six to 12 pucks per package, with the most popular being 12.

 

Hockey Puck Mold

Before vulcanization, the rubber that is used for making hockey pucks is about 1.4 to 1.7 inches thick and has a diameter of about 2/3 of an inch. This rubber is cut into eight equal sections with the octagonal core passing through the center. To do this, the rubber is shaved off of a huge block of vulcanized rubber and laid on a sort of metal mold where it can be formed into one perfect octagonal shape.

After being molded in eight sections, the rubber is cut into eight perfect circles. This can be done manually with a razor or mechanically with a machine. These circles are then laid over an octagonal mold with each section covering a different side of the mold. This process is known as vulcanization, which involves heating the rubber to temperatures between 300 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. This creates a very strong piece of rubber that has been molded around the core perfectly. Then, the mold is removed, and the puck is put through another heating process that removes all of the mold marks. This heating step can range from about 320 to about 353 degrees Fahrenheit and takes a matter of seconds.

Now that the mold marks have been removed, it’s time to package the hockey pucks. They are packaged in two-piece boxes with six or 12 pucks per box depending on their size.

 

Packaging and Selling Hockey Pucks

This is where the perfect hockey puck really shines. The pucks are packaged as individual balls inside two pieces of nearly identical boxes. This packaging is an exact duplicate of the hockey puck mold in every way, including the octagonal core, which runs through all of the pucks perfectly. This makes it easy for fans to identify if a puck is a fake. A discerning eye can tell from the edge of the mold that all of the pucks are molded one after another.

The hockey puck itself is then placed in a best-before date strip label, where it’s sorted and packed according to date and then put into plastic blisters to protect them from water damage. These blisters are then placed in another box and shipped out to retailers or distributors across North America.

There you have it ! The basics of how hockey pucks are made.