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Hockey a team game played on ice skates with curved sticks and a rubber disks called a puck There is not that much to talk about the history of hockey in Canada so it took me a long time to do this It really started originating in Asia and Persia around 2000 BC but it did not really come out until the middle 19th century in Canada The earliest mention of the game dates back to 1527 when the Galway Statutes including hokie the hurling of little balls with sticks Hokie means it hurts Kinds of hockey start with little stick and ball games They were played by ancient Aztecs Egyptians Greeks Persians and Arabs A sport similar to hockey that is known to have been played during the 1st millennium BC in Ireland is called Hurling Hockey is considered to be the national sport in Canada Star players are admired as much in Canada as star baseball players are admired in the US The game is by far the most popular played amateur and professional sport in Canada Modern ice hockey was developed in the mid-1850s by British soldiers in Canada The first rules were made by students at McGill University in Montreal in 1879 It is believed that the first games were played in the US in 1893 In the beginning of the 20th century the sport spread to Great Britain and other European countries The game got so popular that Lord Baron Stanley of Preston governor general of Canada donated a silver bowl to the champion hockey team Montreal won the first Stanley Cup in 1894 The Stanley Cup is still awarded in the NHL to the champion hockey team every year The first professional hockey team was organized in Houghton Michigan in 1903 Most players were Canadians The International Pro Hockey League was started in 1904 from both Canada and US teams The Hockey Hall
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