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Birthplace of Hockey
Windsor, Nova  Scotia, Canada – c. 1800
by Garth Vaughan © 2001
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Origin   Evolution   Hockeyists   Windsor

Nova Scotian and Canadian Hockey History
Tap into the romance of the game. Check out the roots of Canada’s great official winter sport. This web site is your definitive guide to the origin of ice hockey – a real treasure trove of information of the early game, photos of teams, players and equipment. Learn about home-made wooden pucks, sticks hand-carved by the Mi’kmaq of Acadia, and block skates forged by local blacksmiths as the game took form in the early 1800s. Get in touch with world-famous Starr Hockey Skates made and used in Nova Scotia a decade before the game was played in Montreal and two decades before it reached Kingston, Ontario. Familiarize yourself with Windsor, Nova Scotia, The Little Town of Big Firsts, one of America’s oldest and most outstanding towns where much happened long before it happened elsewhere in Canada – including Ice Hockey.

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Visiting Windsor
How to Get Here.
What To See.
Where to Eat.
Where to stay.

Printable Map of Downtown Windsor
and How to get to
Long Pond
on Clifton Property.

"Mapquest" Map of Windsor

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Drawing of Early Origin of Ice Hockey

c. 1800, Ice Hockey had its origin in Windsor, Nova Scotia. King’s College School Boys began adapting the Irish field game of Hurley to the ice…more

Hand Carved Mi'kmaq Hockey Sticks Evolution of Ice Hockey


Ice Hockey was not invented it was adapted and developed over a number of years, even as it continues to develop now. “Hockey” skates, “Hockey”sticks, wooden “Hockey”pucks, “Hockey” goal nets, and the early rules of the game all originated in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotians were also first to use the forward pass and to allow the goal keeper down on the ice to protect his “goal”….more

Hockeyists, Ice Hockey’s Early Players and Promoters

Early in the development of the game of Ice Hockey those playing the game became referred to as ‘Hockeyists’. In the Hockeyists section we celebrate the men’s and women’s teams, the Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian history of the sport and gave credit to those pioneers of the game….more

Fort Edward Block House, Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada – History

Windsor, Nova Scotia is referred to as "The Little Town of Big Firsts" because of the several things that began here before they began elsewhere….more

Clifton 1926 by Dorothy Stevens NEW SECTION – Birthplace – More History

Many visitors to our website wish to know more about Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Haliburton Memorial Museum (Clifton House) & Long Pond (on Clifton House Grounds) and KCS & King’s College. Accordingly, we are providing expanded versions of these topics …more

NEWTommy’s New Block Skates children’s book
by site author Garth Vaughan.
Illustrated by David Preston Smith. more

Tommy's New Block Skates

Tell us an Ice Hockey story !

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