When British soldiers began settling in early Canada, their sporting traditions blended with a Mi’kmaq game to create a new sport that evolved into hockey. A History of Hockey in Canada traces hockey’s roots from those first steps on the frozen ponds of eastern Canada to the modern game we know and love:
- Games that were the precursors to modern hockey were oochamkunutk (Mi’kmaq), shinty (Scottish), hurling (Irish), and bandy (English)
- From the ponds of Windsor, Nova Scotia, to Kingston, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec, a new game evolved, and in March 1875, the first organized game of hockey was played in Montreal
- The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia were the first popular craftsmen of sticks; their MicMac brand was the stick of choice for professional hockey players until the early 20th century
- Referees first used cowbells to call plays, and only switched to whistles when people began bringing their own cowbells to games
- Goalie Jacques Plante was the first to use a mask regularly after taking a puck to the face on November 1, 1959
- A must for the hockey fan. Anyone fascinated by Canada’s sports history will want to have this book.
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Way to dry. Hockey in Canada is exciting. The author put me to sleep with his monotone delivery!