Ask any hockey fan about the Fox “Glowpuck” and they will likely tell you it could be the worst thing to ever happen to televised hockey. Foxtrax is often included in Top 10 Lists of the worst sports broadcasting blunders. Looking back on it, it was pretty awful, and if it were included in today’s broadcasts, I am sure Twitter would explode with mostly negative comments. It was distracting and for the most part unnecessary.
I was 8 years old when FoxTrax made it’s infamous debut and I distinctly remember thinking it was cool. So cool that after the debut, I wrapped my street hockey puck in blue electrical tape.
Fox added many goofy things to hockey broadcasts that I enjoyed as a kid, but are considered ridiculous today. Last summer I was watching Game 4 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Final. The New Jersey Devils scored and all of a sudden a Devils themed Fox robot pops out of the score bug and starts beating the crap out of the Red Wings robot. I had completely forgotten this aspect of the Fox broadcast and it took me right back to 7 year old me cracking up on the couch watching that game