History Of Ice Hockey Sports

No one knows exactly when ice hockey originated, but there are plenty of fascinating facts about the sport that shed more light on it. It has come a long way since its earliest beginnings to the Olympic sport it is today.

  1. The Edinburgh Skating Club was founded in Scotland more than 350 years ago, and is thought to be the earliest example of such a club in the whole world.
  2. The ice hockey we play today is thought to have originated in Canada in the 19th century. Stick and ball games have always been popular (they’ve been played for many centuries) but the Canadians adapted them so they could play them throughout winter on the frozen waters there.
  3. The first official ice hockey game took place in Montreal way back in the 1880s. Montreal was also responsible for the first set of rules governing the game, and the first proper club organised for ice hockey players in the area.
  4. The first official set of rules was called the Montreal Rules, as they too were created in Montreal. These introduced a standard size for the ice rink the sport was played on.
  5. However the first ice rink that was artificially created for the sport happened a long way from Montreal. In fact it was created in London, England, in Chelsea. The first one in the US was in Baltimore.
  6. Women’s ice hockey became a serious concern early on in the late 1880s or early 1890s. Again this occurred in Canada.
  7. Ice hockey travelled over the seas from Canada and America to make a dedicated appearance in Europe from the 1900s onwards. This was really the beginning of the modern game and its progression to a sport that is played in many countries worldwide.
  8. The early years of the 20th century saw professional ice hockey make its debut. Before this the players were largely amateur and were not paid for the efforts they put in on the ice. But the popularity of the game and the fact it had fans in high places, such as Lord Stanley (The Stanley Cup is presented to the winners of the NHL players each year) for example, inevitably led to the development of the professional game.
  9. Ice hockey became a part of the Olympic Games in 1920, cementing its place as a popular sport in many countries. Ironically it was part of the Summer Olympics that year, only being transferred into the Winter Olympics four years later in 1924. However in the inaugural games in Antwerp, Canada took the gold medal, with the US in the silver medal position.
  10. The first leg pads worn by ice hockey players were actually cricket pads. Over the years they were developed and designed to provide more protection specifically for ice hockey players.
  11. While today’s players wear hockey jocks, no such protection was available for the earliest players. Instead, players in the early days started to wear hockey shorts with cane in the front to protect against a direct hit from a puck or hockey stick.
  12. It would not be until the 1930s that the first few helmets began to be worn on the ice, although they were few and far between. Far from being the type seen today, they were typically made of padded leather.