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        “[Hockey] (from which ice hockey and ice polo have grown) is a very ancient field pastime, sometimes known as bandy, shinney, or shintey. Originally Romans played the game with a rubber ball stuffed with feathers and a crooked club or bat called a bandy, because of being bent.”

                                                                                                                                                               Ice Hockey and Ice Polo Guide, 1898
                                                        What is Shinney?
Shinny – n.

“Ice, street, or field hockey played informally with a ball, can, or similar object.”

“a simple version of hockey played by children on the street (or on ice or on a field) using a ball or can as the puck.”

                                                                                                                     Free Online Dictionary, Thesaursus, www.the

                                                   It’s Not the Olympics But …

... the first World Championship hockey match was played on the 23rd April 1920 -- The result was 8-0 Sweden over Belgium.

                                                     Two-Way Contract

What is a two-way contract?

        Frequently we read that one of our Storm alumni players has signed a one year two-way contract. What does that mean? The one year part is obvious, but what does the two-way part mean?

        There are two rates of pay for hockey players. The rate for an NHL player is higher than an affiliated AHL player. With a two-way contract, the player will start the season assigned to the AHL team at the AHL rate.

        If he is called up to the NHL team, he is paid at the NHL rate as long as he is there. If/when he goes back down to his AHL team, his rate of pay goes back down also.

                                                NHL Hockey Time Line

1877: The first known rules are published by the Montreal Gazette.

1889 or 1892: The first women's hockey game is played in Ottawa or Barrie, Ontario.

1894: The first artificial ice rink is opened in Baltimore.

1900: The goal net is introduced.

1911: Teams in Western Canada formed the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The league introduced several innovations: Blue lines were added to divide the ice into three zones, goaltenders were permitted to fall to the ice to make saves and forward passing was allowed in the neutral zone. The 60 minute game was divided into three 20 minute periods.

1912: The number of players allowed on the ice was reduced from seven to six per team.


                                                          Hockey Trivia

Q. What year was the first formal ice hockey game played?

        A. The first year on record was 1855 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Hockey was adapted from the Native American game of lacrosse to play on a frozen ice surface.

Q. When hockey players suit up with all of their equipment, how much more do they weigh?

        A. On average, when a player suits up with skates, helmet, shoulder pads, shin pads, elbow pads, gloves, hockey pants, socks, stick, suspenders, garter belt, athletic supporter, and jersey, they are adding an extra 25-35 pounds to their body weight. The equipment used by goalies increase their weight by 40-45 pounds.

Q. What are the dimensions of the nets?

        A. The nets are six feet wide and four feet high – allowing twenty-four square feet between the pipes for potential scoring opportunity.

                                                         Hockey Terms

        Ever listen to the play-by-play of a hockey game, hear a term and wonder, “What does that mean?” or “Where is that?” Here are some explanations for a few terms you feel you should know but maybe really don’t.

One-timer – Shooting the puck immediately upon receiving it without stopping it first. A one-timer is an effective way to beat the goalie before he can slide from one side of the crease to another.

Slot – The prime scoring area up the middle of the ice, between the face-off circles. A Storm player may ‘clear the slot,’ by shoving an opposing player out of the area in front of our goal.

Roughing – two players push and shove a lot and appear ready to fight but don’t actually drop their gloves and start punching each other.

Fighting – Players drop their gloves and start to act like prizefighters. The rules of the fight are that both players must drop their gloves and sticks but not their  helmets. One player may not try to remove the other player's helmet. Once one player is down on the ice the fight is over.

Half wall – the spot along the wall which is half way between the blue line and the goal line.

Water skiing – when a player places the blade of his stick under the arm of an opposing player who has the puck and just hangs on letting that player pull him along like a boat pulling a water skier. The player being pulled must not move his stick blade to the right or left or he might be called for hooking.

Crossword puzzle clue – hockey feint
Answer: Deke

What does that mean?

Deke - A false move which puts an opponent out of position. Frequently seen in shootouts as an attempt to fake out the goalie.

Did you know ...

…that the game of cricket is the source of the term crease? One dictionary definition of crease is "a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface". When early cricketers marked out their playing area in front of their wickets, they made a furrow in the turf. The term crease was used to describe these markings. This method of marking lasted until the mid 1800s, when painted white lines were introduced. It was natural for the early ice hockey players to use a term they were familiar with for something that served a similar purpose - hence the area in front of the goal is known as the crease.

... that the first live TV hockey game broadcast took place way back in 1938? It was on the 29th October from Harringay Arena in London. The second and third periods of Harringay Racers v Streatham were transmitted by the BBC via their studios at Alexandra Palace - where the world's first regular high definition TV channel commenced two years earlier.

... The first book on Ice Hockey was "Hockey - Canada's Royal Winter Game" by Arthur Farrell, was published 1899?

... that when coach Frank Boucher pulled goalie Dave Kerr with two minutes left in a 1939-40 regular season game while coaching the New York Rangers, it was the first time an NHL coach had pulled his goalie for the extra forward to try and win a game?

... that Fred Waghorne (1866-1956) refereed for over 50 years and officiated at 2,400 games in his career (all pre NHL-era)? In 1900, he had a situation where a puck split in two and one half ended up in the goal, after much deliberation he ruled it as 'no goal' because the official definition of a puck included specific dimensions and since the piece of rubber in the goal did not meet these specifications, it could not be a puck. He therefore instituted the rule that the entire puck must cross the line for a goal to count.

…Ice hockey made its Olympic debut at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium? The first Winter Olympics didn’t take place until 1924.

… Jyväskylän jäähalli (also known as Hippos Stadium) is located in Jyväskylä, Finland? It is the home ice for the JYP and Diskos hockey teams. The ice is Olympic size. The stadium’s capacity is 4,862. But there are only 2,500 seats. The other 2,362 fans have to stand.

...Some amazing things appear to happen in the realms of recreational hockey?  A recreational player with the Ayr Jackals somehow managed to get a 5+ Game penalty for fighting with the Zamboni driver!


Revised: 07/08/2016