June 25, 2020. The origins of ice hockey have long been debated. In 2008, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) officially declared that the first game of organized ice hockey was played in Montreal in 1875. Many also consider ice hockey’s first rules to have been published by the Montreal Gazette in 1877.
History. Ice hockey is believed to have evolved from simple stick and ball games played in the 18th and 19th centuries in the United Kingdom, Ireland and elsewhere, primarily bandy, hurling, shinty and lacrosse.
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The origin of ice hockey is unknown; however, ice hockey probably evolved from the game of field hockey that has been played in Northern Europe for centuries. The rules of modern ice hockey were devised by Canadian James Creighton.
Timothy “Ted” Graham, Maritime Champion Amateur Skater of 1887, in a letter written to the Halifax Herald in 1943, concerning the origin of the game, stated simply, “Nova Scotia is the birthplace of hockey, not Ontario.”.
Thus, the history of ice hockey starts from Canada. Timeline of Ice Hockey March 3, 1875. Montreal, Canada, was the place where ice hockey was played for the first time as an indoor game. James Creighton, and several other McGill University students, were a part of this game. This match-up involved 2 nine-player teams. 1876. An artificial ice hockey rink was built in Chelsea, London, in England. It was named ‘Glaciarium’, and was mechanically refrigerated.
History Origins. Until the mid-1980s it was generally accepted that ice hockey derived from English field hockey and Indian lacrosse and was spread throughout Canada by British soldiers in the mid-1800s.
In 1740, Irish minister Reverend John O’Rourke wrote passages on a newspaper. The passages alluded to a form of ice hockey being played atop the frozen River Shannon where a sheep roast was being hurled in early January. The game was then informally christened a hurling match and crowds watching it seemed to enjoy it.
The contemporary sport of ice hockey was developed in Canada, most notably in Montreal, where the first indoor hockey game was played on March 3, 1875. Some characteristics of that game, such as the length of the ice rink and the use of a puck, have been retained to this day.