A History of Hockey in Canada (Unabridged)
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.