The NHL: Origins Of The Game

The NHL: Origins Of The Game


let’s look at the evolution of the game
tell us a little bit how it began as the original six and take us up to current well it was interesting that hockey had had
deep roots in the new england area long before the start of the national hockey
league you had hockey being played at saint
paul’s school in concord new hampshire in the eighteen nineties the collegiate uh…
hockey league’s uh… started uh… pretty soon after that so i believe uh… harvard’s program
started also in the eighteen nineties so the sport really uh… is i think the one
closest to our hearts here because there have been more professionals that have come from the
new england area in hockey than in any other sport and then certainly uh… the great
number of uh… olympic players the great high school tradition here this is
also the home of the first interscholastic hockey league in the country dating back to nineteen teens and uh…
the boston arena now known as matthews arena is the oldest indoor ice arena in the
world wow did not know that and that’s where the bruins started back in
nineteen twenty-four so the origins uh… of hockey in this
area go back to the origins of the sport itself it helps get us through these
new england winters i think that’s why we love it so much yes different question is the violence
or the fights of the game essential to people being attracted to watching
hockey no i don’t think so because in
collegiate hockey fighting is punished with a game
suspension so anyone that’s watched top-level
collegiate hockey knows that it’s as good as it gets and you don’t need the
fighting it’s a distraction but that being said certain teams had
as part of their identity a fighting mode to them certainly
the bruins had that for a number of years you know they were a tough team they were a
team to be contended with at all times and the fighting was almost a part of
the script the flyers of the early seventies sort
of took a page out of the bruins book and tried to intimidate opponents as well
as out play them but that being said i think anyone that’s watched enough
hockey knows that when it’s played well it’s a beautiful sport and the fighting tends to delay it it
tends to be a distraction and in this day and age uh… there’re not many
teams that can really intimidate you anymore the game has changed a bit it’s a more
flowing sport and uh… skating skill and overall talent really are what you pay to see you don’t
pay to see a couple of goons out there slugging it out this excerpt is brought to you by the massachusetts school of law

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