Ice hockey originated in Northern Europe during the middle ages. However, the origins of the modern ice hockey can be traced to Canada and it is believed that the first official ice hockey game was played in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1855. The first ice hockey match recorded in history was organized by a university student named W.F. Robertson in 1865.
Ice hockey is a very fast-paced game played on ice between two teams of six players. Each team skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team using hockey sticks. The game which was adapted from field hockey was first played on the Kingston Harbour in Ontario, Canada in 1860. Ice hockey became more popular after the First World War.
Each game consists of three periods of 20 minutes each. Teams change ends at the beginning of each period. The game begins when the referee drops the puck to the ice between two players from the opposing teams. This is repeated after each goal or interruption of the game. One player from each team joins a referee inside the center circle. The referee drops the puck, and the players must fight for control of it.
As the world's fastest growing and most fast-paced team sport, ice hockey is also the only sport which grows the fastest not only among professional teams but also with school teams.
Those who play ice hockey not only develop their coordination skills but also build muscle mass, boost their self-confidence, improve their cognitive skills and as a result become more focused in their daily lives.