There are several different types of hockey, all of which have been around for thousands of years. In fact, hockey’s earliest known precursors were stick and ball games that go all the way to before there was even written language. Today, however, we are going to be talking about a specific type of hockey, known as ice hockey. This fast-paced and physical sport is most popular in northern North America (specifically Canada and the northern United States) and northern Europe. The National Hockey League (NHL) of North America is considered to be the premier hockey league of the world. The KHL, Kontinental Hockey League, is the highest league in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Modern ice hockey was developed from more simple games that English settlers brought to Canada. It evolved into its modern form most notably in Quebec, specifically Montreal where the first indoor game was played in 1875. In international competitions six countries known as the “Big Six” always dominate. These are Czech Republic, Canada, United States, Finland, Russia, and Sweden. And in women’s hockey, every single double gold (both Olympics and the IIHF World Championship) has been either won by the US or Canada. These are 25 cool insights into ice hockey including why the Cold War isn’t over.
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