Wow James! I am a historian and hockey fan and love, love, love these. Thanks for posting. Last time I was in Nova Scotia I visited a little town that claimed to be the place where ice hockey originated. Interesting.
As an historian u must know about long pond as it's history.
I'm frequently in touch with Andrew Dill who's father own's long pond now. We both agree that Montreal isn't the real birthplace of hockey in 1875 seeing as they used previous rules and positions taken out of the ''Halifax Rules" recollecting what happened in the 1850's www.birthplaceofhockey.com/origin/rules/
We also agree that Ice Hockey would have been first played by the Native Americans in South Dakota and the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia in the late 1600's which traveled to the 1700's succeeded by the British colonists who most likely copied them by the 1780's in New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton then off to long pond Canada by 1790 and England a bit later so I don't think Long Pond(Windsor Nova Scotia) invented Ice Hockey maybe just added to it. espn.go.com/espninc/pressreleases/991005otlnativeamericans.html
James, these are so cool! Thank you so much for finding and posting them. I have an art history background (as well as English), so any art you can find or stories you may pick up about early hockey would be super cool to see. I've really enjoyed reading your posts, and I'm glad you found us. Welcome to HCC!
I was in touch with "Carl Giden" while he was publishing this book. He was quite critical about my articles I showed him so I sort of told him off.
He then banned me from the Society of International Hockey Research so I never really got a chance to read this book.
Now that I've read some of this it seems like he trying to say "Ice Hockey" was invented in England.
Unfortunately he's wrong seeing as the oldest reference to Hockey on Ice over there isn't till 1797 (Based on the first painting I posted).
My assumption is SIHR is trying to make some coin from this so-called English Hockey Book when really their isn't enough continuety of the game being played from beginning to end (1790's- 1880's) too many gaps and flaws though still an interesting read.
PS We all know Hockey was invented in North America Way before their time bracket states....
Oh I had no idea James. My apologies. I just saw your post and then people asking for more hockey origin stories and remembered hearing about this book. I will be sure to check out your blog when I have the chance!!
The Leadville Ice Palace Skating Rink 1895 Interior view of Leadville, Colorado's Ice Palace skating rink, built for the 1896 Winter Crystal Carnival. Cobble & Kerr built the 80 x 190 foot long rink with wooden trussed roof designed by architect C.E. Joy. Ice arches are along the edges of the rink and umbrella-shaped chandeliers hang fourteen feet above the ice with mutli-colored electric lights in their globes. An exhibit of hanging bicycles and the letters "Law" hang above an ice sculpture of miners by Phillip Kelly. The display has a rope barrier and is reflected in pink, on the ice. A group of wooden chairs sits in the archway and banners hanging in the arch advertise "Ice Palace Restaurant, Oyster House." The skate rental booth is in the archway. digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15330coll22/id/530
Wow James this stuff is great! I haven't been here in awhile and am just catching up. My favorite is the outdoor game at my alma mater. I still attend Harvard games with my family and friends but have never had the pleasure of watching at the football stadium. Maybe they should bring that back. If you don't mind I would like to share the picture with some friends. I hope your conference went well!
"The Victoria Skating Rink, built in Montreal in 1862, won its place in history of great hockey buildings for a very simple feat: hosting the first organized hockey game indoors. James Creighton, a native Nova Scotian, came to Montreal and brought the great game of hockey with him. Upon arriving in Montreal, he befriended many avid sportsmen, some of them students at McGill College, and he felt they would enjoy the game from his native province. With the co-operation of the management of the Victoria Skating Rink, Creighton planned the first indoor version of a hockey game that was played on March 3rd 1875."
"The Duquesne Gardens was the main sports arena located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during the first half of the 20th century. Built in 1890, the building originally served as a trolley barn, before becoming a multi-purpose arena. The Gardens opened 3 years after a fire destroyed the city's prior sports arena, the Schenley Park Casino, in 1896. Over the years, the Gardens was the home arena of several of Pittsburgh's historic sports teams, such as ice hockey's Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Hornets. The Western Pennsylvania Hockey League, which was the first ice hockey league to openly hire and trade players, played all of its games at the Gardens. The arena was also the first hockey rink to ever use glass above the dasher boards. Developed locally by the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, Herculite glass was first tested in Pittsburgh. Most rinks were using wire mesh before the shatterproof glass was invented."
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