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A Quick Look at Hockey History

Nowadays hockey is extremely popular and we can understand easily why this happens. We are in front of a really spectacular game that is really older than a lot think. All basically started thousands of years in the past. The popularity of sticks, balls and rocks in games dates back a long long time ago. Such games were actually really popular in Europe, South America and Egypt. Contrary to what many believe, roots of hockey are based in England. There we saw many games held in competition between various villages. We even saw teams of 100 players at times. Many serious injuries were seen in games that lasted days.

1860 is the year when modern hockey history actually started. At that point Eton University came up with a new rules set. North America at that time had players of its own. It was in Montreal that we saw the first ever hockey game in 1875. It took place between some college students. An association was formed and new rules started to be developed. There were big changes then in hockey history. Time passed and popularity continued to grow, thus seeing the first championship of the world held in 1883. We saw a dramatic change in rules and protective equipment started to be really needed.

One fact that few realized is that hockey was helped out a lot by Olympic Games when talking about popularity. In 1924 we saw it played there for the first time ever. One piece of hockey history linked to the Olympic Games was when an amateur American college team defeated the Russian favorites. We know of that moment as Miracle on Ice. Americans then started to enjoy this sport a lot more. NHL appeared in 1917 and today it includes 30 different teams. 20 of them are American and the rest Canadian. Modern days immediately means that the popularity is a lot higher. This game brings in billions in revenues and is constantly generating more. We do not know what levels will be reached but it is sure that there will be no reason why popularity would not rise.

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