Hockey is Canada’s official national winter sport and perhaps its greatest contribution to world sport. Canada is considered the birthplace of ice hockey, and Canadians generally regard the sport as their own.
Over the last century, Canadian men, women, and children have passionately participated in hockey at all levels and have avidly watched the sport with great interest nationwide. One could argue that hockey is the sport that has united Canadians the most, especially in international competitions.
Canadian players form the backbone of many teams in the National Hockey League and overseas leagues, and Canadian men and women have had considerable success in international competition.
Who invented hockey is hotly contested but one theory is that it was invented by the Mohawks and we’re going with this one. Hundreds of years ago, Jesuit priests wrote about the Mohawks playing with a stick and a piece of frozen ice embedded with mud and stones.
According to the Jesuit journals, when a player was struck by the “puck” they yelled “Aukie!” meaning, ouch. Other inventions credited to First Nations include the canoe and kayak, darts, lacrosse, petroleum jelly, and cough syrup.
Story Credit: The Canadian Encyclopedia
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