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Windsor, Nova Scotia
Birthplace of Hockey


T.C. Haliburton Quote c1800… “you boys let out racin’, yelpin’, hollerin’ and whoopin’ like mad with pleasure; and the playground, and the game at bass (base) in the fields or hurley on the long pond on the ice, or campin’ out a-night at Chester lakes to fish.”… Quote from The Attaché; Sam Slick in England, published in 1844 written by Windsorian Thomas Chandler Haliburton. The quote refers to Haliburton’s school days spent at King’s College School – c. 1800
Starr Acme Club Spring Skate 1863 Made and patented by The Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. of Dartmouth, N.S. Attached tightly to skater’s boots with a simple mechanical lever.
Famous as the only such skate in world.
Starr Hockey SkatePatented 1866. Facilitated quick starts, stops, and turns required by hockeyists in Nova Scotia – 9 years before Ice Hockey was played in Montreal, QC – 1875 – 20 years before Ice Hockey was played in Kingston, ON – 1886 James George Aylwin Creighton, of Halifax N.S., a Dalhousie graduate taught Montreal football players to play Ice Hockey prior to the first Montreal game in a covered rink on March 3, 1875, played by Halifax Hockey Club Rules
"MIC MAC" Hockey StickHand-carved from Hornbeam and Yellow Birch by Nova Scotian Mi’kmaq craftsmen. Favorite sticks of Canada’s hockeyists into the 1930s.

Thomas H. Raddall, famous Nova Scotia historical author wrote: …"When the soldiers were transferred to military posts along the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes, they took the game with them; and for some time afterwards continued to send to Dartmouth Indians for the necessary sticks."

The Wooden PuckThe Hurley Ball was used as Ice Hurley began in Nova Scotia but, because a ball is largely unmanageable on ice, it was soon replaced with a flat wooden puck as the game evolved into Ice Hockey. There is documented evidence that Nova Scotians used wooden pucks from at least the 1860s and likely before.
The Nova Scotia Box Net Jan. 6, 1899 The first hockey net. Invented in Halifax and adopted in Montreal the next season and quickly adopted by the rest of Canada
The Forward Pass
Used in Nova Scotia in 1870s. Adopted by Canada’s hockey establishment four decades later.
www.birthplaceofhockey.com
the website of “The Windsor Hockey Heritage Society”