In 1890, a championship for four teams was held in Ontario. Soon, an indoor ice rink appeared. To prevent it from melting, cracks were cut in the walls and roof to access cold air. The first artificial ice rink was built in Montreal in 1899.
The game of hockey became so popular that in 1893 the Governor-General of Canada, Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley, bought a goblet for 10 guineas, similar to a silver inverted pyramid, to hand it over to the champion of the country. So the legendary trophy appeared – the Stanley Cup. At first, the amateurs fought for him, and since 1910 – experts. Since 1927, the Stanley Cup has been contested by the national hockey teams.
In 1900, a network appeared on the portal. Thanks to this new product, the debate over whether a goal is scored or not has stopped. The judge’s metal whistle, which sticks to his lips from the cold, is replaced with a bell and immediately followed by a plastic whistle.
At the same time, a confrontation was offered (before the judge, with his hand, the quiz player puts his opponent’s clubs on the ball lying on the ice and, whistles, drives aside so as not to be hit at the club.
The first professional hockey team was formed in Canada in 1904. In the same year, hockey players switched to a new game system – six hours and six minutes. The standard size of the site was set – 56 H 26 m, not much has changed since then.
After four seasons, there has been a complete separation between professionals and amateurs. They then established the Allan Cup, which was played in 1908. Its owner then represented Canada at the world championships.
In the early 20th century, Europeans began to like Canadian hockey. The parliament in Paris in 1908 formed the International Federation of Ice Hockey (IIHF), which initially unified four countries – Belgium, France, Great Britain, and Switzerland.
Above is the history and development of hockey and NHL tournament from the very first day till the end of the nineteen century.