How Did the Hockey Puck Get its Name, Where Did it Come From, and What Does it Mean?

The origin of the word puck is from the Celtic game of hurley, where it means “striking the ball with the stick.”

A “puck-in” after a foul is the act of sending the ball back into play from the sidelines.

Since a ball is unmanageable on ice, Nova Scotians and Quebeckers started using a flat wooden puck instead.

Their solution was replaced in 1886 in Ontario by a field hockey rubber ball with the top and bottom cut off.

Today, a hockey puck is a vulcanized hard-rubber disc, one inch thick, three inches in diameter, and weighing between 5.5 and 6 ounces.

In Ireland, to “puck” someone means to strike him.

A puck bird is a robin-sized bird that dives down on goats and strikes them on the back with its beak.

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