History of Ice Hockey
Ice hockey, also known as Ice Hockey, is a fast paced contact sport played on an ice surface, typically in an outdoor or indoor ice hockey arena, where two teams of skates use their sticks to roll a frozen rubber ball toward their opponent’s goal, scoring goals. Ice hockey has the reputation of being one of the most exciting and intense sports. The intense level of play and excitement is partially due to the fact that there are usually only a few minutes or so total stoppages during play. Because of this, players often use a mixture of skating, stick handling, and shooting skills during a game.
Hockey was played in England throughout much of the history of the game, though it is uncertain exactly where the game originated. The most likely scenario is that it began as a game called “pudding.” This is a reference to the pudding dish called “pudding,” which is where hockey most likely got its name. Though there are several theories about the origins of hockey, the most common one is that it evolved from what was probably a mix of English football and lacrosse. Two European sports that may have been influenced by England’s football and lacrosse were soccer and curling.
One interesting bit of history about hockey is that it started out as a game played in public schools in England called “field hockey.” This is because the hockey sticks that players used back then were quite different from the ones that are used today. Originally, field hockey sticks were relatively short and curved with a high heel. The sticks also had little finger holes so that the player could keep a good grip on them. In fact, a popular saying at the time was that “pudding” was “a hard game.”