The History of Hockey


Sadie Langdon, Reporter

Whether it’s the fights, the fans, the intensity, hockey is overall just a fun sport. Now, how did it all start? Well, the first-ever hockey game was March 3, 1875, in Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This was organized by James Creighton who captained one of the teams.

The game was between two nine-member teams, and they used a wooden “puck.” Since then, hockey has progressed.  The National Hockey League (NHL) was founded on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Canada. The first NHL game was December 19, 1917. It started with the original 6, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadians, and the New York Rangers. Now there are 30 teams, and the highest-ranked team is Philadelphia, while the lowest is Detroit Red Wings.

Although the first NHL official game was in 1917, a similar form of hockey was thought to be played in Egypt around 4,000 years ago.

Hockey is one of the most dangerous sports. It is one of the non-fighting sports, but you still are going to get slammed every other game. Despite all the padding hockey players wear, they still manage to strain something every game and smile about it afterward. They also have blades on the bottom of their skates, so that’s another way to get hurt. But even if they get cut they’ll tough it out.

Today, the NHL has 30 teams, it is played around the world, it’s an Olympic sport, and the average attendance is around 18,000 people.