“The Fastest Game on Earth’ is what hockey is called, today.

Did you know that hockey or a game like it, was played for thousands of years by the Vikings? It is written in the Icelandic Sagas. Who knew this game is so old?

The word ‘hockey’ was first used in the English form in 1363. The word ‘puck’ could be a Scottish Gaelic or a Irish word meaning ‘to poke’, ‘deliver a blow’ or to ‘punch’. Maybe that is how all the punching came to be?
A form of hockey was played in the Middle Ages till the Dutch Golden Age. Some might disagree with this as the game used a wooden bat instead of a stick. Even the Natives in Eastern Canada were playing a form of hockey hundreds of years ago. The modern form of hockey started in the 19th century. Now, there are teams from all over the world.

Players might look like they are floating and gliding from net to net, up and down the ice the teams race. If to you the players seem to skate fast? They are…..the players reach speeds from 20-30 m.p.h.

The game has two codes of play to follow. The one they use depends where and whom is playing. The first code book is the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the second book is from the Canadian and North Americans’ National Hockey League. (NHL)

Selected by the league, they used to have four officials on the ice. That was two linesmen and two referees. Most now use the three-men system, one referee and two linesmen.

In 2011 there were 85,827 female hockey players in Canada and 65,609 in the U.S.A. In the United States Hockey League (USHL) the first female to enter was in 1969-1970. The male and female leagues are basically the same except for the female league being less physical.

Now that you all know a bit more history of hockey, go out and make some hockey noise! Push up them eye-glasses and impress your friends!!

*All information came from Wikipedia under ice hockey

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, her team is always the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead of falling for movie stars, Rochelle fell for hockey players. As she grew up, her passion grew to include wanting to be the first female NHL player, the first female 'water' girl for her team and catching a true NHL puck. She did try for the puck, only to learn that A) the puck could have killed her, if she tried to get it or B) you needed to buy one. Years later Rochelle still loves the game! Now a days instead of wanting to join the players, (don't let her fool you, she still wants to join the team) she writes about them. Her one wish in the world is to be alive when the Toronto Maple Leafs win their next Stanley Cup! Rochelle has a certificate in Marketing/Communications at the British Columbia School of Technology and a writing certificate from Simon Fraser University. She has started her own writing company, "From Rochelle's Pen".


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