Ice hockey emerged from field hockey, which has its origins in ancient times. A conventional “ball and stick” game, field hockey takes its name from an Irish term. Extremely popular in England during the 17th and 18th centuries, the sport was occasionally played between entire villages, and a game took several weeks to complete.
The ice version of the activity began in Canada. Many credit J.G. Creighton with developing this incarnation of the sport, and the first actual ice hockey game occurred in Montreal in 1875. Using a rink designed for curling, early competitions involved as many as 30 people per side. Four years after its introduction, ice hockey acquired its first set of official rules. By the end of the century, the game had expanded to the United States and the United Kingdom.
About the Author:
A graduate of Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ryan Hoadley currently serves as an Analyst at a New York-based hedge fund. During his spare time, Hoadley enjoys watching ice hockey.