Author: Vaughan, Garth
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
Year Published: 1996
Subcategory: Sports & Recreation / Hockey
Condition Rating: Slight wear, may have creased spine, folded pages, good-condition ownership stickers
Summary: Want to start a fight? Just ask where hockey was invented.In The Puck Starts Here, Garth Vaughan traces the origin of Canada's great winter game, not to Montreal (where "the first hockey game" was played in 1875), not to Kingston (where Queen's University and Royal Military College played "the first hockey game" in 1886), but to Windsor, Nova Scotia, around 1800. Vaughan is not speculating. According to Thomas Chandler Haliburton, as early as 1800, the local version of "He shoots! He scores!" echoed over Windsor's frozen ponds as the boys of King's College School furiously hit a slice from a stick of stove wood towards the opponents' goal with their "hurley" sticks. Soon the youth of Halifax and Dartmouth and the soldiers in the garrisons took up the new sport. By century's end, hockey had spread across Canada, and Lord Stanley had donated his famous cup.
The Puck Starts Here begins with hockey's origin, but Vaughan goes on to show how early equipment developed into the recognizably modern gear of the 1930s. He also explains that, although the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia made the best hornbeam hockey sticks, they were not welcome on town teams; neither were Blacks or women. So they started their own hockey leagues, which were going strong by 1900.
This easy-to-read book is illustrated with over 200 pictures -- engravings and paintings from the early 1800s, archival and press photos, snapshots, and advertisements. The Puck Starts Here makes thrilling reading for every hockey enthusiast.
A retired surgeon and a native of Windsor, Garth Vaughan has lived and breathed hockey since boyhood. He found more than enough material in libraries in Nova Scotia, at Harvard, at Queen's Universityand Royal Military College, and in the National Archives of Canada to prove that his hometown is truly the source of Canada's winter obsession.
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