After the most brutal test I have ever written, I am going to write some of the Hockey stuff. Yes, when I'm upset I turn to hockey. Sad life? Maybe, but at least it's something. I'm going to go on now and continue discussing some more interesting tidbits of hockey's history. Don't worry, once I run out of stuff... I'll find more. I find this stuff fascinating and have no one in my life to discuss this with, so now that I've found you, I'm a happy girl!
Some more Hockey history Tidbits:
- Some historians have traced back some form of hockey to over 4000 years ago!
- Some places it's been said to have evolved from: Rome, Scotland, and South America
- One of the places the word "hockey" may come from is Ireland, they had a game called "hockie"
- In the 17th and 18th century, yeah, you read that right, In Britain villages would come together and play against each other. These matches could fetch as many as 100 players per team! Because there were so many people and almost no rules, injuries were very frequent. And death was known to happen.
- Then came a rule that there could only be 30 players per team (this rule change came from Eton College)
Although I said Canada's first "official" game (indoors), which is one that had spectators, was in (do you remember where I said it took place?) Montreal, there is some that believe it was first played in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Speaking of the first game in Montreal, that game actually ended with a fight. The ice rink that it took place on was for a figure skating club. The figure skaters didn't take too kindly to the abuse the hockey players were putting the ice through and so a fight broke out.
There is an author, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, that wrote in 1846 about the King's College boys playing a game of "hurley on ice" (hurley being one of the games that hockey evolved from) in the early 1800's. This leads to some debate as to whether or not Montreal held the first "official" game of hockey.
At the turn of the century, there is a movement to mass-produce things. This lead to them mass-producing hockey sticks, skates and other such equipment. Also, there was now mail order catalogues... so now hockey equipment could now be shipped to most players in Canada, giving access of this wonderful sport to many who wouldn't have had the opportunity to play it before.
The turn of the century also brought new stars with it Jacques Laviolette, Didier Pitre and Edouard "Newsy" Lalonde, and the most famous of them, Fred "Cyclone" Taylor. I discussed Cyclone a bit in the last edition of Hockey History (gotta come up with a better name for this- any ideas?), but, I figure I could delve into some of the accomplishments of this interesting man a bit more.
He was one of the stars of hockey, and as such, there is quite a bit to know about him. The Cyclone almost never made it to the pros, not for lack of skills, but due to a lack of funds. To get him on the team, Ottawa had to offer him a job with the government so that he could help his family with money. Taylor played for the Ottawa Senators and the Renfrew Cremery Kings (part of the NHA) and later he also player in the PCHA. He was also a part of the IPHL, which, if you remember, was the first professional hockey league. This league folded in 1907 because of player salaries. Yep, even then they had issues with player salaries. He played the position of Rover, which was a forward position. Taylor was inducted into the HooF in 1947.
That's all for today, maybe the next edition will focus on another player, maybe it'll focus on hockey in Canada, maybe it'll focus on something that seems completely off the wall! I'm sure you are looking forward to it!