Building the arena
Matches take place mainly in open spaces. In the beginning, a hockey rink was a regular, natural, and not always perfect ice rink. After a while, battles began to take place in specially built buildings. When designing buildings, workers intentionally leave small holes in the walls so that heat doesn’t hinder the competition.
People built an ice rink with artificial cooling to play ice hockey. The great arenas appeared only in the 1930s of the twentieth century. Canada is not the only country with a developed sports infrastructure.
In the US city of Chicago in 1938 built the fifteenth “Sports Palace”, regularly staging various battles on an international scale. Besides, Europeans began to participate in competitions. The international federation was established in May 1908.
The appearance of professional teams and leagues
Many fans asked where hockey came from among the experts and came up with the rules. A similar group appeared in Canada in 1904. During this time, the organizers of the matches decided to switch to a new format of the game.
As part of each club, six hockey players were simultaneously on the field, approved standard school sizes, which is 56 meters in length and 26 meters in width. The first tournaments appear purely for professional athletes.
The new sport will conquer the world. In 1908, on French territory, representatives of sports elites established the International Hockey Federation, in which British, Belgian, Swiss, and French became members.
The intercontinental ice hockey match held in 1920
The team from Canada dealt with athletes from the UK without any problems. The first world championship took place only in 1992 before the strongest team on the planet was identified only in the framework of the Winter Olympic Games.
Currently, the best sports representatives of 16 countries annually fight for the title of the best hockey player on the planet.