“Beware of flying pucks” is a message any fan of hockey understands loud and clear. The darn things hurt when they hit a person. In fact, when sent into the air during games the stout rubber disks have been known to injure fans which is why rinks are surrounded by plexiglass and nets.
Knowing this reality is a part of life in the great white north, and one Michigan college is determined to put hockey pucks to use in a productive way.
Hockey pucks: They’re small and heavy and — one Michigan college thinks — may be the perfect weapon against an active shooter on campus.
Oakland University, a public school in Rochester Hills, near Detroit, is distributing thousands of 94-cent hockey pucks for just that reason.
The distribution, which began earlier this month, stemmed from a March faculty active-shooter training session, which followed February’s shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 dead.
A participant at the training asked Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon what items people could use to defend themselves on the campus, which has a no-weapons policy, the Detroit Free Press reports.
A hockey puck was a “spur-of-the-moment idea that seemed to have some merit to it, and it kind of caught on,” Gordon said.
Of course, deadly velocity is best achieved with a slap shot off of a stick, but that’s beside the point. The faculty at Oakland University is advocating this method of self-defense without a weapon. Just throw a puck in that direction. And just for good measure, freeze the thing before heading out. That’s what the pros do.
Good thing the modern ones are made of rubber. Originally, pucks were frozen and solidified excrement.
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