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The good old (Scottish?) hockey game

Earlier version of hockey played in 1700s Scotland, say researchers


It seems the birthplace of hockey wasn’t in the 1800s in Windsor, Nova Scotia, or Deline, N.W.T., but someplace in Scotland in the late 1700s, according to two hockey-history researchers from Sweden. The historians have also determined that a rudimentary form of the British Isles’ stick and ball sport, which evolved to become hockey as we now know it, was played in New York and Philadelphia before it was recorded being played in Canada.

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The good old (Scottish?) hockey game

  1. Whatever, man. In the immortal words of George Kostanza: "It's not a lie if you believe it." These "experts" should be ignored. Most Europeans want to believe that nothing original came out of North America and Canadians are just wobbly enough to start believing that we didn't invent the good ole hockey game.

    • The game we all know as hockey started here. If not, why was hockey never organized into leagues in the UK? Bullocks!

      • because the Scottish dudes that invented it were too hungover to remember

  2. One can't deny that various forms of sporting entertainment developed in Britain and Europe centuries ago (both for summer and winter) resemble modern ice hockey – shinney, shinty, bandy, etc. It also seems the First Nations played similar games. As a child, one of my first thoughts about ice hockey was 'It's like soccer, but with sticks and on ice.' A crude analogy, to be sure, but it is fairly easy explanation of the basic concept of the game.

    I would think that hitting a small object with sticks around a playing surface as a form of sport is a fairly primitive concept, and a form of it has probably been played by numerous cultures for hundreds, or possibly thousands of years. There is no shame in acknowledging a connection to the modern game's antecedents! It would be preposterous to suggest that the modern game of ice hockey was a completely novel idea.