The Rules and History of Hockey



Whether you want to learn about the history and rules of this beloved sport, read news and blogs, buy equipment or game tickets, or simply become a better player, the Internet can meet your needs.

The Rules and History of Hockey

From the first time field hockey players in Northern Europe played on frozen lakes more than 500 years ago, to the day in 1892 that the English Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, began to offer a silver bowl to the best amateur team, to today, the rules of the game have been evolving, and they are not necessarily the same every place you go. How do we know this? We visited the sites below, which teach you everything you’d like to know about hockey’s history and rules.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • The Canadians seem to do the best job of documenting the sport’s history, perhaps because they cherish it so much. The “.ca” you’ll see in the URL of several of the sites in this section tell you the site is from the hockey capital of the world.
  • Take a look at this article on the U.S. College Hockey Online Web site about college rules; it explains how the NCAA Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Rules Committee is looking to change the rules in the near future.

Dulcinea's Picks

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