The Science Of Hockey

Velocity, strength, impact.

Sounds like your average night around any NHL rink. But if you were to peel back the outer skin of a hockey game, what would those terms — velocity, strength, impact — mean? What is their very nature, and how do they apply to pro sports’ fastest game?

Science of Hockey Exhibits

You Be the Goalie This high energy hockey experience puts you in the skates of an NHL Goalie! Gear up as you attempt to block shots the opposing team’s players. Learn about reaction processes in the body and how goalies are able to block a shot in as little as .15 seconds.

You Be the Shooter

This interactive exhibit allows you to test your skills and shoot the puck at a virtual goalie! Better put your game face on, or else the virtual goalie will block your shot! Learn about Newton’s first law of motion and why objects tend to stay in place or in motion.

— Anaheim Ducks star player Ryan Getzlaf, shooting at the virtual goaltender inside of The Science of Hockey’s You Be the Shooter interactive exhibit.

Broadcast Booth

Select your favorite play and become the broadcaster as you record your own play-by-play! Follow the script of scientific explanations of the game, or create your own narrative. After you have finished recording, listen to your play-by-play and email it to yourself so you can share it with your friends and family!

Reaction Time

Test your reaction time to sound, light, and vibration. Place your hands on the surface of the exhibit, and then wait…. when the sound, light or vibration is activated, a timer begins and you must hit the stop button as fast as you can!

Friction Table

Why is ice the best playing surface for the game of hockey? Test and compare how pucks move on various surfaces and learn about the effect that friction has on movement of the puck.
Sir Isaac Newton surely didn’t see his three laws of motion used to explain the breakdown of a slap shot, but if the renowned physicist were alive today, he might appreciate his concepts being used in an innovative manner.

Penalty Box

When the referee sends you to the penalty box, you will have to use your brain to get back out onto the ice! Players in the penalty box will have to answer at least 4 hockey-based math questions before they can get back into the game!

Uniforms, Weights and Measures

Learn the physical energy it takes to play hockey and how the materials and design of players’ uniforms can affect their speed, comfort level, and performance.

Skater Challenge

Test your skating skills against a professional hockey player and discover the skill behind their movement on the ice. Skate behind a player, as if following him through a drill in the NHL SuperSkills competition.

The Science of Hockey will give you a perspective to see how amazing our players are at what they do.
Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner

Coach’s Corner

Watch a video to learn all about fitness and nutrition and play along with a quiz show by answering questions on how to make positive decisions about exercise, nutrition, and sportsmanship.

Zamboni Machine

Climb inside this full-size replica of a 500 series Zamboni Machine to learn about how ice is resurfaced during hockey games. Move levers and push buttons to find out how to activate various functions of the Zamboni Machine and how this affects the surface of the ice.


The Science of Hockey takes a look at the physics and mass appeal of hockey through interactive experience and educational tools. The Science of Hockey is the largest visual and aural hands-on educational showcase of its kind dedicated to the sport of ice hockey worldwide.

This exhibit will extend the local team brand and get children involved through the use of scientific laws of motion, friction and aerodynamics. Young people will gain a better understanding of a wide range of scientific laws including angles and friction while imprinting on them the fun and excitement of the sport of ice hockey. It will bring in new fans to the museum and the local team, by presenting a fun interactive experience and educating them at the same time. In addition, a display area will be reserved for each local hockey team.

The Anaheim Ducks project first year attendance of 300,000 guests at the Discovery Science Center of Orange County. CenterLane Attractions and The Event Agency from Los Angeles would provide a turnkey project in each presentation market. Location and venue exhibition space would be evaluated, some exhibits may be added or deleted as desired. CLATEA would design and build the project, and negotiate all terms with the museum or venue location selected. CLATEA would supervise the operations, help solicit local sponsors and produce and place all advertising.

In the United States, an exhibit featuring the history of USA Hockey, which is the National Governing Body for the sport, would be produced and added to the exhibition. Featured would be the USAH development model, youth hockey programs, and a historical and educational video. In Canada, the exhibition would feature similar offerings of Hockey Canada. In Europe, the exhibition would feature offerings of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Multiple units of The Science of Hockey would be produced in a projected three tier touring model. Canadian, American, and European versions would be developed and feature additions to support and promote local teams:

  1. A National Hockey League team version: An exhibition utilizing 7,000-12,000 square feet of space for a time period of one to three years in the local market.
  2. An extensive Minor Hockey League version: An exhibition for slightly smaller markets utilizing 6,000 to 8,000 square feet of space for a time period of three months to a year.
  3. A Minor League Hockey – secondary market version: An exhibition utilizing 5,000 square feet of space, used as a more rapidly touring version. This size unit may be exhibited for a few weeks or a few months.

Teams and Leagues would provide support and perhaps some project funding as a fan development initiative, as successfully produced in Anaheim by the Ducks organization. No additional personnel or team resources would be necessary; CLATEA would handle all other aspects of the project.

Exhibits would be modular to be able to be selectively inserted or removed. Additions to the Anaheim exhibition include: