The true origins of ice hockey are unknown. Several theories suggest successive borrowing from sports such as the English game of bandy, the Scottish game of shinty, the Irish game of hurley, or lacrosse, as played by Aboriginal peoples.

Members of the First Nations can be proud to have influenced Canada’s national sport. The Aboriginal nations of North America have for a long time "run a stick across the snow", an activity known as "Snow-Snake". Some sources also suggest that the word "hockey" is derived from the Aboriginal word "ho-ghee", which is the name for a common injury in the game of lacrosse.

Since 1920, the Micmacs of Nova Scotia have made hockey sticks out of a single piece of wood. Very popular among North American teams, these homemade sticks were used by players until 1930. Like Canadians, the First Nations created hockey leagues. The number of games grew, the players improved and several were recruited by the National Hockey League.


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