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Video: Celebrating 135 years of ‘hockey pucks’

Feb 7, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

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It’s been featured in all kinds of facets of pop culture, including the insult comedy of Don Rickles. The vulcanized disk of rubber has decided many contests, from high-profile professional sporting events to the bragging rights between obscure groups of friends. Wayne Gretzky put 894 of them past NHL goalies during the regular season and 122 more in the playoffs.

135 years ago today, a Montreal newspaper provided the first known mention of the word “hockey puck.”

To commemorate that quirky anniversary,  David Keon Jr. discussed some of the most famous pucks in the history of hockey for NHL.com. The video below includes the puck Maurice Richard shot to become the league’s first-ever 500 goal scorer, the piece of rubber that was on the end of Gretzky’s stick for his 802nd goal and one of the pucks Terry Sawchuk never allowed to find the twine during his 100th shutout.

(Screen shot via NHL.com.)

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