The history of ice hockey is one of the most contested in all of sports. The city of Montreal had been traditionally credited with being the birthplace of hockey, but early paintings contest this claim; a 16th-century Dutch painting shows a number of townsfolk playing a hockey-like game on a frozen canal. The origin of the word hockey is officially unknown, but may derive from the Old French word hoquet, shepherd's crook.
The rules of modern ice hockey were devised by Canadian J.G.A. Creighton. In 1875, the first game of ice hockey with Creighton's rules was played in Montreal, Canada. Today, ice hockey is an Olympic sport and the most popular team sport played on ice. Ice hockey is played with two opposing teams wearing ice skates. Unless there is a penalty, each team has six players on the ice at a time. The aim of the game is to knock the hockey puck into the opposing team's net. The net is guarded by a player called the goalie.
Ice hockey is one of the fastest growing women's sports in the world, with the number of participants increasing 400% in the last 10 years. The chief difference between women's and men's ice hockey is that bodychecking is not allowed in women's ice hockey. One woman, Manon Rhéaume, appeared as a goaltender for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason game hosting the St. Louis Blues, and in 2003 Hayley Wickenheiser made history by becoming the first woman skater to play in a men's ice hockey league when she signed with a team in the Finnish league.
2010-2011 Girls Hockey Schedule
2010-2011 Boys Hockey Schedule