The novelty of outdoor professional hockey games has worn of a bit since the NHL introduced the Winter Classic in 2008, but this season’s game will feature something new, and a bit zany.
The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will use color-changing pucks when they take the ice at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year’s Day, according to a report Monday from sporttechie.com’s Jen Booton.
“The advanced coatings will change from purple to clear when a puck’s temperature is above freezing,” Booton wrote. “Which will provide an automatic visual indication to officials that it’s time for a puck to be replaced. Pucks are frozen prior to use to reduce bouncing.”
The NHL has been looking into ways to improve technology in the game, including putting a chip in pucks to track location and data, for some time.
Color-changing pucks seem insignificant, given that Coors Light beer cans have been using similar tech for a decade … but it’s something.
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