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Hockey pucks are kept cold before a game. How cold? And why?

Question #78195. Asked by leafreak.
Last updated Aug 04 2021.

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Pucks are stored ideally between 14F and 20F (-10C to -7C) to keep them from being too bouncy.
Game pucks are made of vulcanized rubber and when warm they can be very bouncy! These freezers are kept at a temperature between 14F and 20F (-10C to -7C).

It is the ideal temperature, according to the ice technician, not necessarily a rule. Here is a description of how it usually is kept:
Each team has a freezer in their dressing room where they keep at least 80 game pucks at a temperature of 14F (-10C) the day before each home game. This will ensure the pucks delivered to the supervisor of the off-ice officials are frozen and ready for game use. Before the start of the game, fifteen pucks are taken from the home team’s freezer in a hard plastic cooler directly to the penalty box freezer. At the start of the second and third period, an additional fifteen pucks are taken again from the team dressing room’s freezer to the penalty box freezer, each time carried in a hard plastic cooler in order to keep them as cold as possible.


Response last updated by CmdrK on Aug 04 2021.
Apr 02 2007, 6:11 PM
Answer has 4 votes

Answer has 4 votes.
The Ice in a rink:

"Experiments show that ice has a minimum kinetic friction at ?7°C (19°F), and many indoor skating rinks set their system to a similar temperature. The low amount of friction actually observed has been difficult for physicists to explain, especially at lower temperatures."


Response last updated by Terry on Oct 07 2016.
Apr 02 2007, 6:50 PM
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