Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/17/06 at 10:25 AM ET
Based on discoveries in 2003 by sport historians and CanWest News Service, the town of Deline on the southwest shore of Great Bear Lake has a strong claim to being the site of the world's earliest documented account of hockey being played on ice. References to the game 181 years ago on a small lake near a remote northern fort were found in the writings of John Franklin, the famously ill-fated British explorer who died while leading another Arctic expedition decades later. Overlooked for nearly two centuries, the 1825 documents were freshly interpreted in the light of a thorny debate in Canada about hockey's origins and hailed as important new records in tracing the game's evolution.more
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