History Of Ice Hockey

The history of Ice hockey is believed to have started in Canada in the 1850s. It is also believed that Montreal is at the centre of the development of ice hockey. The first organized game of Ice hockey was played in at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink. This game presented the use of a hockey puck to keep it within the rink; the goals were goal posts 6 feet apart, and the game was 60 minutes. The 1st rules were drawn up at McGill University, Montréal. In 1877, the first ice hockey club, named McGill University Hockey Club, was established followed by the Montreal Victoria organized in 1881.Read on to know more about the origin of Ice hockey.

In the Ice hockey history, the game of Ice hockey gains its popularity when the first "world championship" of ice hockey was highlighted in Montreal's annual Winter Carnival in 1883. However, the Montreal City Hockey League was formed in 1885. In Europe, it is said that the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club was established in 1885 to play the first Ice Hockey Varsity Match. The Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, which later became more famously known as the Stanley Club, was first awarded in 1893 to the Montreal HC. By 1893, there were almost a hundred teams in Montreal alone, and leagues throughout Canada.

Looking back to the history of Ice hockey, the first ice hockey matches were played in the year 1893 at Yale University and Johns Hopkins University. Even the first ice hockey league was established in 1896 in USA. The U. S. Amateur Hockey League was established in New York City presently after the opening of the St. Nicholas Rink and its artificial ice rink. However, Lord Stanley's five sons were instrumental in bringing ice hockey to Europe, beating a court team at Buckingham Palace in 1895. By 1903 a five-team league had been established. Moreover, the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace was founded in 1908 to govern international competitions, and the first European championships were won by Great Britain in 1910. In the mid-20th century, the Ligue became the International Ice Hockey Federation.

By the beginning of the twentieth century the game of ice hockey rapidly spread to the UK and other parts of Europe. The modern game developed in Canada is now very popular in the USA and Eastern Europe. The National Hockey League [NHL] was founded in 1917 and the league expanded into the United States in 1924. However, it is the most important league in the world; it comprises teams from the USA and Canada, but for many years almost all NHL players were Canadians. The winning team of this competition is awarded the Stanley Cup trophy. Ice Hockey was added to the Olympic Games in 1920, being one of the most popular events at the Winter Olympics.

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