The first official NHL puck emerged in the 1920’s and was made by a company not typically associated with hockey. If you mention the name ‘Spalding’, you generally think baseball. But Spalding did produce pucks up until around 1940. These were rock hard pucks with no checkered pattern on the side and had razor sharp edges. Art Ross improved on the puck in 1940 when he added a bevelled edge that allowed the puck to slide better and a checkered pattern on the side of the puck which made the puck easier to take a pass. Both of these innovations remain on the puck today. Pictured is a vintage Spalding NHL game puck with its traditional baseball logo.