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Hockey Is England’s Game?

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The mother country that gave Canada warm beer, Coronation Street and Benedict Cumberbatch, can now lay claim to originating and exporting our cool national sport.

Yes, there's some new, compelling and no doubt controversial evidence that hockey came from over 'ome and was played, with basic rules, much earlier than 1875 in Montreal, generally accepted as the first official match.

Before you dismiss it all as hum-buggery (how many English players have won the Hart Trophy, anyway?), check the extensive work put in by a trio of hockey historians in Sweden and Canada. They will present their findings Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research in Penetanguishene, Ont.


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Alan's avatar

This is controversial only for those with blind patriotism and a problem coping with reality.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/24/14 at 12:08 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Given that the sport originated in field hockey form, I don’t know A)  why people care so much where ice hockey specifically was invented, and B) where and how you’d ever be able to draw a line saying “Wait, THIS is actually ice hockey”.

IIRC field hockey dates back to at LEAST ancient Egypt, so it’s not even like England or Europe in general can claim to it.

Hockey probably came from aliens though.  I’m not saying it was aliens, but…. IT WAS ALIENS.

Posted by Primis on 05/24/14 at 02:48 PM ET

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