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Hockey Night in Canada

Hockey is a term used to denote a family of various types of both summer and winter team sports which originated on either an outdoor field, sheet of ice, or dry floor such as in a gymnasium. While these sports vary in specific rules, numbers of players, apparel and, notably, playing surface, they share broad characteristics of two opposing teams using a stick to propel a ball or disk into a goal.

Ice hockey (or simply hockey) is a team sport played on ice skates, usually on an ice skating rink with lines and markings specific to the sport. It belongs to a family of sports called hockey. In ice hockey, two opposing teams use ice hockey sticks to control, advance, and shoot a closed, vulcanized, rubber disc called a "puck" into the other team's goal. Each goal is worth one point. The team which scores the most goals is declared the winner. In a formal game, each team has six skaters on the ice at a time, barring any penalties, one of whom is the goaltender. Ice hockey is a full contact sport, and is considered to be one of the more physically demanding sport.

Where did hockey originate? Who set down the first rules of the modern game? What was the FIH set up to do? Whether you’re a history buff or simply want to impress you mates with you knowledge of the game, discover more about the history of hockey below.

Hockey and its Origins The roots of hockey are buried deep in antiquity. Historical records show that a crude form of the game was played in Egypt 4,000 years ago and in Ethiopia around 1,000BC, whilst an ancient form of the game was also played in Iran in around 2,000BC. Various museums offer evidence that a form of the game was played by the Romans and Greeks as well as by the Aztecs several centuries before Columbus arrived in the New World. The modern game of hockey emerged in England in the mid-18th century and is largely attributed to the growth of public schools, such as Eton. The first Hockey Association was formed in the UK in 1876 and drew up the first formal set of rules. The original association survived for just six years but, in 1886, it was revived by nine founding member clubs.

So folks we are in the playoffs once again. My interest in hockey diminished during the pandemic, but is beginning to take hold once again. It's been a long time since the cup was in Canada with the new expansion we seem to have lost our game. Montreal isn’t just credited with being the birthplace of the sport. They back it up with a long lasting tradition of winning, as any place who invented a sport should. The Montreal Canadiens are the winningest franchise in the NHL, having won 24 Stanley Cups throughout their illustrious history. They won the first Stanley Cup ever back in 1916 when they took the National Hockey Association title and played the Portland Rosebuds who won the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The series went to all five games, but it was the Canadiens who had their name etched on the Cup first. 1993 is the last cup secured by Montreal and by Canada for that matter, 20 years to be exact...WOW.

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Enjoy your week, maybe take in a hockey game, but remember to keep your stick on the ice!

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