Like most “things” today, the “ansestors” of Hockey are games that survive by their own virtue, Hockey is a fun game that happened in many eras, and people enjoyed them very much. As globalization happened, games from obscure traditions where documented, practiced and collaborated on, later academia helped land them on starndard forms of organization and finally commerce turned it into an industry.

The word “Hockie” is Irish!

Hockey-like games exist since 4,000 years ago, by cultures like the Romans, Greeks and by the Aztec Indians of South America several centuries before Columbus landed in the New World. But the name “hockie” is probably from Ireland, from 1527 in referrence (probably) to the world “hoquet” meaning “shepherds crook”. The roots of modern Hockey specifically start in Great Britain and France, where field hockey was always a popular summer sport.”

Hockey´s path through history:

Hockey in England in the 17th and 18th century consisted of whole villages playing the game with the objective of hitting the ball into the opposing villages’ common ground. Teams often consisted of 60 to 100 players and games occasionally lasted several days or so with injuries such as broken arms and legs not uncommon. Umpires could only arbitrate a decision if called upon to do so by a player from one of the teams. (a situation that sounds familiar even in these days and in 1527 hockey had been forbidden because of the violence among the players!)“. When ponds and lakes froze in winter, it was not unusual for the athletes to play a version of it on ice. An ice game known as kolven was popular in Holland in the 17th century and later on the game really took hold in England…” Source.

The Rise of Professional Hockey:

Most evidence of hockey-like games during the Middle Ages is found in legislation concerning sports and games. The Galway Statute enacted in Ireland in 1527 banned certain types of ball games, including games using “hooked” (written “hockie”, similar to “hooky”) sticks.

…at no tyme to use ne occupye the horlinge of the litill balle with hockie stickes or staves, nor use no hande ball to play withoute walles, but only greate foote balle[13]

By the 19th century, the various forms and divisions of historic games began to differentiate and coalesce into the individual sports defined today. Organizations dedicated to the codification of rules and regulations began to form, and national and international bodies sprang up to manage domestic and international competition. – Wikipedia.

Stanley Cup – 1999 – 2020

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