Hockey is a fun game full of excitement and fast-paced action – but how does it all work? Look no further – we are breaking down the basics of the game, as well as a little history, to help explain things!

Check out what we have to share and become the next great hockey expert!

Hockey may seem like a complex sport with tons of moving pieces and confusing rules, but once you get the hang of it and understand the basics, it’s the best sport there is! Below is a quick overview video on the basics of the game to help get you started on the road to becoming a hockey expert.

Hockey is one of the most exciting games in the world and has been around for hundreds of years, although it’s a lot different now than it was back then. Check out these awesome facts below to learn about the history of hockey!

  • The origin of the game is unknown. However, it is believed that this was played by the people in the Northern European nations since the 14th century
  • The word hockey has been derived from the middle French word ‘hoquet’ that means shepherd’s stave.
  • The first Amateur Hockey Association came into being in 1888.
  • Ice hockey was given a place in the Winter Olympics in 1924.
  • The first ever women’s hockey game took place in Ottawa, Canada in 1892.
  • Zamboni is a machine used to keep the ice in the ice rink intact. Frank Zamboni invented this machine in 1949.
  • J.G.A. Creighton from Canada wrote the rules of modern ice hockey.
  • Players played the first game of ice hockey following the Creighton’s rules in Montreal, Canada in 1875.
  • The Montreal Gazette published the first known rules of ice hockey in 1877.
  • Prior to 1960s the hockey stick was straight. The curve of the stick was introduced in the 1960s.
  • Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers was the first ever goalie to score a goal in other team’s net.
  • The Stanley Cup was named for a former Canadian Governor General, Lord Stanley of Preston. It was created in 1853.
  • Forward passes were not allowed in hockey, prior to the 1927-28 seasons.
  • The Stanley Cup was only seven inches tall, originally. Today, it is more than 35 inches tall.