One of the most consistent pieces of equipment in hockey history has been the hockey puck. Other than the asinine 1990s move to make the puck glow for novice television audiences, the hockey puck has remained pretty much the same since the late 1800s.
But could the hockey puck be improved upon? And if so, does hockey need a new, radically different hockey puck?
How about a puck that looks like this?
This is, apparently, a legitimate invention of Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery. It is called the Aalto Puck - named after Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
Here's their spiel from their website.
Since the middle ages ice hockey has been played with round pucks. For obvious reasons, round pucks are predictable. So this is why we are proud to present the first non-round hockey puck, the Aalto puck. Inspired by the free forms of the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto. The Aalto Puck is made in the same material as a regular hockey puck and behaves in the same way on ice with one fundamental difference - it has a built in randomness, it doesn't bounce as a regular puck, it can, depending on how it's hit, speed off in different ways. And more importantly, by adding an element of chance it's the most equal puck produced. Advantages are randomly given to either of the two competing teams.
What do you think of the Aalto Puck?