Hockey as a Canadian Winter Sport Favourite
Most people will tell you that when they think of Canada and sports that the first one that comes to mind is hockey. It is understandable as this is the winter national sport for the country and is extremely popular.
For most Canadian hockey enthusiasts it isn’t just enough to watch the game being played a few nights each week. They want to be able to keep up on all the news about their favourite sport. To accommodate this, there are many recsources that they can refer to on a daily basis.
Different crude forms of hockey have been played in many different countries. Even in its modern-day version, it is popular outside of Canada. Hockey, as it is known in Canada, originated in Montreal. It was in1875 that this game was played as an indoor hockey game or the first time. It took place at the Victoria Skating Rink. Although the game has gone through changes since its introduction, there are still some factors about it that remain. Such as using a puck for the game and the length of the ice rink. Eventually set rules came into play to govern the game.
The Stanley Cup
As the game grew in its popularity, annual championships came about. This started in the 1880s. The victors of these yearly games would be awarded the Stanley Cup. This award is recognized as being the oldest trophy within the category of North American Sports. It came about based on the passion of Lord Stanley, who along with family, got great enjoyment from watching this game. It was Lord Stanley’s two sons that convinced their father to contribute a trophy to the game.
As a result, it became a silver bowl that was lined with gold. The first time this trophy was ever awarded was in 1893.