HockeyAlthough there are many facts, trivia and stats for hockey, here are some interesting facts about the rink, ice and puck that are essential for a great game!

1. A hockey puck is 1″ thick, 3″ in diameter and weighs about 6 ounces.

2. Early games of hockey featured stones, lumps of coal or frozen cow or horse dung as pucks. Wooden pucks were also used.

3. Rubber pucks were not used until the late 1880’s – forty years after rubber was invented.

4. Frozen hockey pucks are used so they do not bounce on the ice.

5. A hockey puck can travel about 100 miles an hour when shot by an exceptional player.

6. In 1894, the first artificial ice rink was opened in Baltimore.

7. It takes 10,211 gallons of frozen water to make an ice rink of official dimensions.

8. Pro hockey ice is usually 3/4″ thick.

9. The ice for pro hockey games is kept at 16F degrees, which is a colder temperature than regular ice for skating.

10. An official ice rink is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide. It is divided by the two blue lines. Each blue line is 12″ wide and located 60 feet from the goal lines.

11. The center ice spot is solid blue; the end zone center spots are red.

12. The rink has 5 face off circles and face-off circles are 15 feet in diameter.