People all over the world have been following sports, as they continue to become more ingrained in today’s culture. Hockey is one of those sports that has a strong following, and as most fans of hockey will tell you, the fanbase is typically very loyal to the sport and their team. Knowing its influence, I wanted to dive deeper into the history of hockey, and how it has moved to become one of the most popular sports around.
For most hockey fans, and even sports fans alike, it does not come as a big surprise to learn that hockey originated in Canada around the year 1800. At that time, players were using the field game, Hurley as their inspiration to create a similar game, but on skating ponds or sections of ice. As the concept for the game on ice continued to grow in popularity, the game would eventually begin to transform into the sport we know today.Not long after the players adjusted the game to be played on ice, soldiers stationed at Fort Edward in Windsor caught wind of the new game, where they decided to bring the sport back to their homes in Halifax, Canada. This would be the turning point for the sport as it continued to expand.
In 1875, an exhibition game was held by one of the soldiers to introduce the concept for hockey. While the introduction was met with some hesitancy due to its violent nature, many Canadian citizens found the sport to be entertaining. As a result of the exhibition game, the sport would soon make its way to the United States.
In 1894, Maryland officially opened the first formal artificial ice rink to attract residents that are interested in the new sport. In 1896, the United States formed the first official club for hockey, called the U.S. Amateur Hockey League. By 1924, the National Hockey League was established, and continues to be popular today.
Even with the success of the National Hockey League in the United States, it will be nearly impossible for other countries to match the love that Canadians have for the sport. Hockey was created and implemented in Canada, and continues to be a point of pride for the country.