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Tune in to the next two episodes and find out how entrepreneur Mark Poruchny could do for hockey what the National Hockey League has been trying to accomplish for decades - make it a viable international sport. He has created a patent approved floor hockey puck that responds like the one used in ice hockey, but is much safer. This could markedly open up the game of floor hockey creating a fun, world-wide movement in the process.
 

 

From the town of Prince George, in the center of British Columbia, entrepreneur Mark Poruchny could do for hockey what the National Hockey League has been trying to accomplish for decades. Make it a viable international sport. He has created a patent approved floor hockey puck that responds like the one used in ice hockey, but it is much safer. This could markedly open up the game of hockey in the U.S. and the rest of the world especially in places where ice is a scarce commodity.

The game of hockey was originally an international sport. Stories have been told of boys playing the game in both Holland and England in the latter part of the 17th Century. It has been said that "Shinny", the forerunner to the Canadian version of hockey, was imported to Canada by immigrants in the late 1800s. At that time the game was played by using a curved stick or a branch to propel a rock or piece of hard leather into the opponent's goal. This parallels the dry-land game of soccer (known as football outside North America) where a rock, clump of leather or, in some cases, even a goat's head was the projectile of choice.

Canada and some of the northern U.S. states perfected the game of Shinny and helped it to evolve into what we know as modern hockey today. But not everyone could play because they didn't have access to frozen rivers, ponds lakes or artificial ice. As a result, field hockey became an alternative. The indoor sport of floor hockey grew from this and has become very popular in America (to the point that it has been mandated as a compulsory part of the physical education program).

The ice hockey puck evolved into the perfect projectile for the sport but was never properly replicated for a dry floor surface until now. With his knowledge of ice hockey and engineering, Mr. Poruchny was able to create the ideal floor hockey puck that replicates the dynamics of the one used on the ice. It shoots straight, has the right glide and bounce and will even redirect properly when a player "deflects" it with his stick. In fact, it's so good, that professional ice hockey goalies are starting to use it for off-ice practice.

This invention will open up the game but I don't think that even Mark Poruchny is aware of the extent to which this will occur. He has helped to make a fun game even more fun while making it more accessible to many millions of potential "Shinny" enthusiasts across the globe; and I hope he becomes extremely wealthy as a result.

For more information, or perhaps to give this puck a try, go to www.precisionpucks.com.

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