FOX TRAX PUCK
(1996 - 1998)
In 1994, Fox Sports and the NHL reached a five-year broadcast agreement. The first actual broadcasts took place near the end of the 1994-95 season. One complaint new American fans of the game had was they had difficulty following the puck. As a result, the FoxTrax puck was created.
A standard NHL In Glas Co game puck was cut in half and electronic components were inserted allowing the puck to be tracked by sophisticated computers that generated the 'blue and red streaks' when the puck was passed or shot and the 'blue halos' that highlighted the pucks location. Four sensors were visible on each flat surface and several more on the edge of the puck.
The new puck was either admired or despised with few opinions in between. New fans appreciated the innovation while long time fans of the game saw it as an abomination. The puck continued to appear on Fox broadcasts.
The FoxTrax puck made its last appearance in an NHL game during Game 1 of the 1998 Stanley Cup finals. Andrei Nikolishin had the honors of scoring the last goal using the FoxTrax puck in a 2-1 victory for the Wings. (Below are a picture of the internal components.)
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