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Publication numberUS2449708 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 21, 1948
Filing dateFeb 14, 1947
Priority dateFeb 14, 1947
Publication numberUS 2449708 A, US 2449708A, US-A-2449708, US2449708 A, US2449708A
InventorsBertrand Lindsay Leslie
Original AssigneeBertrand Lindsay Leslie
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hockey goal
US 2449708 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

1 B. LINDSAY' HOCKEY GOAL Sept. 21, 194s.

Filed Feb. 14, 1947 "Il Illll MJ. y f wm l V/f w Q 0 Il 31 E,


Patented Sept. 21, 1948 HOCKEY GOAL Leslie Bertrand Lindsay, Kirkland Lake,

A Ontario, Canada Application February `14, 1947, Serial No. 728,562

6 Claims. l

The present invention pertains toa novel for ice hockey and similar games.

It is well known that in ice hockey, a player is frequently injured by collision with a rigid goal post. The object of this invention is to provide a goal that precludes or lessens such injury and is accomplished generally by the provision of yielding posts in the goal structure.

More specifically, each front post consists of tWo normally alined sections hingedly connected goal to each other, the lower sections being Xed to V a base. Each such post is surrounded by a` strong coil spring and is further supported by `an ar ticulated prop also maintained in position by a coil spring. The upper post sections will obviously yield under impact and will return to psition by the action of the springs.

There is also provided a yielding center post with a suitable support and return spring. The net or screen is fastened to the base and posts and also to top rails which are also hingedly mounted in order to yield under impact.

The invention is fully disclosed by way of example in the following description and in the accompanying drawings inwhich:

Figure 1 is a perspective View of the device;

Figure a detail vertical section of one of the posts;

Figure 3 is a detail view of one of the l Figure 4 is a detail plan view; and

Figure is a section on the line 5-5 of Figure 4.

Reference to these views will now be made by use of like characters which are employed to designate corresponding parts throughout.

In Figure 1 the base of the goal is shown as comprising two arcuate sections I made integral by a connecting web 2. At the ends of the base I are secured the lower sections 3 of the front goal posts. Each section 3 is a short length of pipe which is tapped at 4 to receive a screw plug 5 in its upper end. The upper section 6 of each front post is also a length of pipe tapped at 'I from its lower end to receive a plug 8. To the -bottom of each plug 8 is secured a cylindrical journal 9 by means of a long pin I0, the journal being received in a suitable seat II formed in the upper end of the plug 5. A cross pin or stud I2 passed through the journal and the plug 5 holds the journal from slipping endwise. The alined sections 3 and 6 are surrounded by a coil spring I3. When the upper section 6 is swung by impact, as will presently be pointed out, it is promptly returned by the spring I3.

Each base section I has an internal brace I4 joints at his outer end, with a cross pin I5 between` each brace and thebase itself. Each pin I5 is used for hingedly mounting the lower section; I6,

of a goal post support. The upperV end of each section I6 is flattened at I'I to pass through the forked end I8 of an upper section I9 of the support, the parts Il and I8 being articulated to each other by a pin 20. A plug 2l in the upper end of each post section 6 is hingedly attached to the upper end ofthe corresponding support section I9 by a pin 22. Each sectionit` `is joined` by a coil spring 23 to the base I at a point near the adjacent member 3.

To the web 2 is pivotally attached unef lower` end of a center 24 postlby means of a hinge 25. The upper end of the center post 24 is secured to a top bar 28 extending forwardly. 1

Top bars 29 extend rearwardly from the up-v per ends of the plugs 2I` and are substantially parallel and equal in length to the bar 28. The bars 29 are slotted at 30 in the top for the pivotal attachment ofhinge members 3l. Opposite these membersfthemiddle bar carries links 32 on its sides engaging linked socket members33 thereby constituting universal joints. Top rails 34 are suspended between the hinges 3| and the respectively opposite members 33.

At the apex of" the web2 opposite the hinge.

25, a cylinder 35 is pivotally mounted at 36. A rod 31 is slidably mounted in the cylinder 35 and has its upper end hinged at 38 to the uppercen` ter post section 26. Acoil` spring 39 joins the web 2 to the section 24.

A screen or net 46 has its lower edge laced to the arcs I, its upper edge to the rear rails 34 and its ends to the front posts 3, 6. Finally, plates 4I are mounted on the bars 29 to cover the slots 30.

In the use of the device, the upper post sections 6 Will hinge on their journals 9 when struck by the body of a player or -by another object. Consequently the injury, especially to a player,

`is much less severe than if a rigid post were manner, the upper portion of the goal will yield under impact on the rails 34.

A standard goal measures six feet between the front posts, four feet high and 29 inlches deep. The upper sections 6 are constructed to swing 341/2 inches at their upper ends. The several posts, their supports or props and the major portion of the base may convenientily be constructed of pipe sections of suitable dimensions. "Ob- Viously, different dimensions for the goal and diierent material for the parts may be employed where necessary or desired.

Although a specific embodiment of the invention has been illustrated and described, it will be understood that various alter-ations in the details of construction may be made without departing from the scope of the invention as indicated by the appended lclaims.

What I claim as my invention is:

1. A goal comprising a base having twoends,

a'pair of posts at the ends thereof, eachpost 1including a lower section xed to the 'base and an upper sectionv articulated tothe [lower section, spring meansmaintaining the upper sections in alinement with the lower sections, and a net attached to said base-and posts.

2. A goall comprising a base having two ends, a pair :of posts lat the ends thereof, each post inclfuding a lower'section fixed to the base and an upperselction articulated to the lower sectiorna coil spring'surrounding the upper and lower sections of each post, anda net attached to said base and posts.

`3. v`A goaly comprising a base having two ends, a pair offposts at the ends thereof, each post including a lower section iixed to the base and an upper section articulated to the lower section, la coil'spring surrounding the upper and lower sections of each post, an articulated support for each post having its ends hinged respectively to said base and to the upper section ofthe post, spring `means maintaining the upper sections in alinement with the lower sections, and a net attached to said base and posts.

4. A goal `comprising a base having two ends, a pair of posts at the ends thereof, eachy post ineluding a lower section xed to the base and an upper section articulated to the lower section, spring means maintaining the upper sections in alinement with the lower sections, a'center post pivoted to said base, top bars extending `from said upper sections and froml said scenter ',post, top

said center post for maintaining the latter in a predetermined position, top bars extending from said upper -sections and from said center post, top

` rails vjoining the center top bar to the end top `bars and having their ends articuflated to said bars, and a net attached to said base, posts and 'certain of said rails.

6. A goal :comprising a base having two ends, a pair of posts atthe ends thereof, each post including a lower section'xedto the base and an ilupper sectionarticulated to the rllower section, a coil spring surrounding the Yupper and slower sections of each post, an articulated supportlior each post having its ends hinged respectively to said 'baseand to' the upper sectionof the post, spring means maintaining the upper sectionsA in alinement with the lowersections,l a centerpost pivoted" to said base, la telescopic prop for-:said center post, a coil springl joining said base to -said center post for maintaining lthe latter 'in a--predetermined position; Atop bars extending ,-irornsaid upper sections and from v*said lcenter post, 'top rails'joining' the center tp bar to the-'end top bars land havingf'their ends artiiculated--to-s aid bars, and a net attached to said base, vposts'and certain of saidirails.


The following references are oi record in the le of this patent:


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U.S. Classification473/478
International ClassificationA63B63/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B63/004
European ClassificationA63B63/00F