November 10, 2014

Trivia: Last NHL Game Played With Only One Puck

Nowadays NHL officials use many pucks in a game. In addition to pucks that fly into the crowd, the NHL has mandated that frozen pucks but replaced every few minutes. The idea is that the frozen puck will not bounce on the ice as much, allowing for better game play conditions.

I'm not sure when the NHL started doing that, but they certainly were not practicing that rule on November 10th, 1979. That date featured a game between the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota North Stars. The entire 60 minute game was played with the same puck - not once was it deflected out of play or replaced.

The Hockey Hall of Fame was this rare puck displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame, claiming that it was the last NHL game to be played using only one puck.

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