History of Hockey GOOD VERSION

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History of Hockey Kyle Bouffard Canadian Studies 101 December 18, 2006 Hockey has been a staple in the Canadian culture for hundreds of years and is the country’s main athletic pastime. Young Canadian children are taught to skate, thrown on the ice, and are taught the fundamentals of hockey. The fascination with hockey in Canada is very similar to the interest the United States has in baseball. Canada had been somewhat of a breeding ground for elite hockey players such as Maurice Richard, Wayne Gretzky, and a player who is considered to be the future of hockey, Sidney Crosby. For years Canada has dominated the international hockey scene winning seven Olympic Gold Medals and seventeen World Championship Gold Medals(2) Hockey has always and will always be associated with Canada and vice versa. Let’s take a look at how hockey has evolved into the great sport we have come to know as Canada’s own. The origins of hockey have been somewhat debated among hockey buffs. One theory comes from British journalist, Ian Gordon who introduced his side in 1937. Gordon
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believed that hockey originated in 1853 with the British Royal family. Gordon writes, “During the hard winter of 1853, Royal family members attending a house party. ..looking for a diversion on the frozen lake on the grounds, decided to play a form of field hockey on ice. Sides were chosen, sticks found and a wooden plug or stopper pried from a barrel was used a puck.”(1) Gordon claimed it was 20 years after this first hockey game that the sport reached Canada. A student at McGill University saw people playing field hockey during trip to England. Upon his return to Canada, he and a few of his friends adapted the game of field hockey to ice hockey. While Gordon’s account of the creation of hockey in England seems like a good argument, many North American hockey buffs would and do disagree with him. The disagreement with Gordon’s theory of the development and evolution of hockey is due to the fact that Gordon was unaware of the developments in hockey in Canada in the 1800’s. The theory that many Canadians choose to believe, along with many hockey historians, is the theory presented by a Nova Scotia historian named Howard Dill. Dill claims that hockey was played on Long Pond in Windsor, Nova Scotia prior to 1810. Dr. Sandy Young, a supporter of Dill, presented some pretty positive proof of this in his
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book Beyond Heroes: A Sport History of Nova Scotia . Dr. Young presents a quote from Thomas Chandler Haliburton in Attache , a periodical published in 1844 . Recalling his days as a college student at Kings Collegiate, now Kings- Edgehill School, Haliburton says, “The boys let out racin’, yellin’, hollerin’ and whoopin’ like mad with pleasure, and the playground, and the game at bass in the fields, or hurley on the long pond on the ice or campin’ out at night at Chester Lakes to fish”(1). In the early stages of development of the sport of hockey was commonly referred to as hurley. Playing “hurley on the long pond on the ice”
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