Ice Hockey

Ice hockey has been defined as, "A game played on an ice rink in which two opposing teams of skaters, using curved sticks, try to drive a small disc, ball or block into or through the opposite goals." Long known as Canada's national game it has gained popularity throughout the world. Today the NHL, once dominated by Canadian players is now comprised of players from Europe, Russia, the Scandinavian countries and USA.


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Games between teams hitting an object with curved sticks have been played throughout history; 4000 year-old drawings at the huge tombs in Egypt depict a sport resembling field hockey. The 1527 Galway Statutes in Ireland made reference to "the horlinge of the litill balle with hockie stickes or staves." 17th century Dutch paintings show townsfolk playing a hockey-like game on a frozen canal.

The origin of the word hockey is uncertain, perhaps from the Old French word hoquet, shepherd's crook, or from the Middle Dutch word hokkie, meaning shack or doghouse, which in popular use meant goal. There have been claims that modern ice hockey originated in Windsor, Nova Scotia, and was named after an individual, Colonel Hockey.

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