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THEY MAKE LOOK THE SAME, BUT ALL PUCKS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
Published October 14, 1994
Dr. Tom Pashby, "an internationally respected expert in hockey equipment safety," is calling for a performance standard for pucks. Some pucks made in China have been breaking and other imports, such as the Russian puck, have been known to contain metal fragments. Pashby tested six pucks at Canadian Standards Association (CSA) labs, one from China and the others from Russian, Canada and the Czech Republic. The TORONTO STAR x-rayed the pucks Pashby used and no metal fragments were found in any of them, however an air bubble or softer rubber in the middle was found in a puck from the Czech Republic. Pashby said that if a CSA standard is set, factories around the world would have "surprise visits at unannounced intervals to have pucks pulled off the assembly line for testing" (Lois Kalchman, TORONTO STAR, 10/14).