#atozchallenge/’H’ is for Hockey

History of Ice Hockey

Ice hockeys beginning is a little uncertain. It has been tracked back to an Irish game known as hurley by some historical annalists.

Others depict ice hockey as having derived from Lacrosse and field games that were played by Nova Scotia’s Micmac Indians. Still others claim that hockey evolved in Northern Europe. At any rate, it is quite likely that ice hockey came into being from different early games played with a stick and a ball. A more definitive history of hockey can start from the mid 1800’s.

Ice hockey, as we know it today, is definitely the product of Canada. In the 1850’s, the first logged games of ice hockey were played, and in the 1870’s, the first set of ice hockey rules were written by a group of students at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. These rules set up the use of a puck replacing a ball and decided the number of players to be nine per team.

1880 brought the organization of the first amateur hockey league. Over the next several years, ice hockey’s popularity spread over all of Canada. It was around 1893 that ice hockey debuted in the United States.

Ice hockey boasts the oldest sports trophy in North America. It had become so widespread in Canada that a perpetual trophy was presented by the Governor General of Canada to be awarded to the top hockey team. Lord Stanley of Preston was the name of the Governor General, and the trophy became known as the Stanley Cup.

Not many changes have been made to the initial rules set forth in the 1870’s. The main ones have been the decrease from nine players to six and the progression of new and better equipment. In the early 1900’s, netting was incorporated as a part of the hockey goal in order to keep the puck corralled and to make it easier to determine that the puck had indeed gone between the goal posts.

There have been several ice hockey leagues throughout the years. The two best known are the National Hockey Association formed in 1909 and the National Hockey League which came into being in 1917 in Canada. The United States became a part of the NHL in 1924.

Though ice hockey has had its ups and downs, it is a very popular sport today. It is an established part of the Olympics program in both men and women’s categories.

So here is a little history on this game of Hockey.  My husband said he knew the Irish had something to do with it.  Considering all great things come from the Irish, which we both are.  He’s a hoot, so I had to leave it in.  Hope you are enjoying this #atozchallenge of Hockey.  The playoff’s start this week and I am so nervous.  I can hardly wait for the letter ‘M’ so I can let you in on my Hockey Mojo.   

6 Comments on “#atozchallenge/’H’ is for Hockey

    • I know. Really I’m learning so much too!! I have raised 4 boys so it’s all sports, all the time. The first date with the husband 41 years ago was a baseball ⚾️ game … It was a sign, I absolutely fell in love ❤️ with hockey 🏒… Thanks for stopping by, blessings 🙏🏻

    • I actually feel bad for them too. Well pick a team and you won’t have to worry, you can just enjoy the game. I know how it feels. I remember when we got knocked out by the Kings, 1st round one year. So depressed. Sorry about your Red Wings. It’ll be next season before you know it. I hope our Blackhawks do good this time. Let’s bring Lord Stanley home !!!!

  1. I love sports with long histories and loads of tradition. I’m a cricket fan, and the Australians and the English play for another of world sport’s oldest and most famous trophies: The Ashes. I assumed ice hickey was an American product. I’m so glad it’s not. No offence intended to Americans, but I have a soft spot for Canadians. I feel like Aussies and Canadians should be neighbours. I hope your team does well in the play-offs.

    • None taken. My Connie will be home for the start of the playoff’s. He’s our youngest and my hockey buddy. I hope we bring Lord Stanley back home. Thanks for visiting ❤

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