International Ice Hockey – A Brief History

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International Ice Hockey
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International ice hockey as we know it today got its start in the 1870s, when James Creighton developed formal rules for the sport in Montreal, basing them on the way Canadians had played similar games since the 1850s. But the game’s roots go back much farther.

Experts aren’t precisely sure where and when ice hockey originated, with some theorists tracing it to early games similar to lacrosse played by Native Americans in Nova Scotia. Others point to Northern Europe for ice hockey’s origins, while still others cite an early Irish game known as “hurley.”

The modern-day rules drawn up in Montreal more than 100 years ago replaced a ball with a puck and stipulated the number of players on a team as nine. There have been few rule changes since then, with the most important being the reduction of a team’s players to six.

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