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NHL DITCHES BATCH OF PUCKS WITH EMBEDDED TRACKING TECHNOLOGY AFTER CONCERNS

Just a few games into the season, and the NHL is going back to regular basic pucks after touting its new embedded tracking technology for months.

"Effective with [Tuesday night's] games, the League will be using game pucks without the imbedded tracking technology," said the league in a release. "The decision was made after concerns were raised about the puck's performance during the first few days of the 2020-21 season. A review by the League determined that the first supply of 2020-21 pucks did not receive the same precise finishing treatments during the off-season manufacturing process as were used during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs."

"It is expected that a new supply of the League's 'tracking pucks' will be available soon and, after undergoing appropriate quality control testing, will be back in use for all games." the league continued. "In the interim, the League will use the official game pucks from the 2019-20 season and will continue to utilize Player tracking technology for all games."

Before this season began, the NHL stated the new pucks had been tested to ensure they acted the exact same way when hitting off the boards, and player's stick, etc. However, it appears something was off with the latest batch.

The embedded technology, which transmits data 60 times per second, allows the league to track location, speed, acceleration and deceleration and distance travelled. That information, along with tracking data gathered from tagging devices worn by players, is being displayed on some broadcasts.



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JANUARY 19, 2021  (17H13)
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