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American Indian Games

As far back as 750 A.D.,when the Choctaw people living in the central Mississippi valley began to make chunkey stones and create depictions of people playing chunkey,Native americans have played various forms of games both on ground and ice.(1) Other games … Continue reading

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Early Pre 17th Century Ice Hockey Precursors

I have uncovered some interesting info on hockey-related contests predating the 17th century. Ice Hockey began being played by ancients many years ago… First off the game Bandy: ”Bandy is a team winter sport played on ice, in which skaters … Continue reading

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Ice Hockey Begins to Take Shape

As the transformation of Stick and ball games ( previously played on ice without skates) to  stick-ball on ice games with skates started to take place,it’s interesting pointing out  some key dates,places,and people as to when this occurred. I found … Continue reading

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Ancient Native American Hockey Games

The Lakota Sioux were known to have played shinny on ice with bone skates as early as the 1690’s and before european contact with the South Dakota Sioux in 1743.

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Stick Ball On Ice

Various ‘stickball’ games have been played by Native Americans throughout the continent prior to Europeans arrival . This goes for Southern, Central American and Northern American region. The nature of rules, and equipment varied according to where –and of course- … Continue reading

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Canadian Stick Ball

1749: British military diary explains fusion of shinny and Mikmaq hockey.In the book Halifax: Warden of the North, one of the finest books ever written on Canadian history, the author Thomas H. Raddall, citing a British military diary from 1749, … Continue reading

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Early Hockey Facts

Did you know that the first recorded game on ”steel skates” was in 1783 New York City?(Collect Pond) “Nothing can exceed in brilliancy and animation the prospect it presented on a fine winter day, when the icy surface was alive … Continue reading

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