Ice Hockey

The name hockey has no clear origin. Its first known mention is from the 1773 book Juvenile Sports and Pastimes by Richard Johnson in a chapter titled New Improvements on the Game of Hockey. The belief that hockey was mentioned in a 1363 proclamation by King Edward III of England is based on modern translations of the proclamation, which was originally in Latin. The English historian and biographer John Strype did not use the word hockey when he translated the proclamation in 1720. A 1797 engraving unearthed by Swedish sport historians Carl Gidén and Patrick Houda shows a person on skates with a stick and bung on the River Thames, assumed to be in December 1796 when parts the Thames river had frozen over in the severe winter.

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