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The History of Hockey in Canada Hockey in Canada began just after our country was discovered Actually it was another country that was discovered Newfoundland but that country became part of Canada and now its all the same The early settlers had little to do Except for hunting for food and hunting for wood most of their time was spent trying to keep away from the black flies or trying to keep warm One innovative early Canadian by the name of Pierre Lapin invented a distinctly different way to do both Having seen sleds ride on steel blades on the ice he decided to try something daring Strapping a rifle bayonet to each boot he stepped onto the frozen surface of Lake Bobkeshinwegawigamog and fell flat on his face Undeterred he got up and tried again After several such attempts he was successful and soon he was racing across the ice warm and free of those pesky flies Ice hockey was invented almost immediately How could it have been invented so soon you may ask Well Pierre got tired of falling down all the time and picked up a crooked stick to help him make his way over the surface of the ice This stick now in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto was the first hockey stick As Pierre sped across the ice he tripped once again but this time he tripped over a frozen beaver bladder that another trapper had left lying around Angered and hurt Pierre swatted the bladder with his crooked stick He watched in amazement as the bladder flew across the ice coming to a stop just past the entrance of a small bay The dimensions of that small opening are the exact same ones used today for the NHL goal crease In his later years Pierre used to joke that if he had kicked the bladder he would have invented football BTW the bladder was not able
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