World federation weighs in on hockey's origins
The brouhaha over hockey's birthplace went into overtime Friday, as the International Ice Hockey Federation took sides.
- BACKGROUNDER: Where did hockey begin?
The organization picked Montreal over other Canadian communities including Kingston, Ont. and the spot near Windsor, N.S. where many Nova Scotians feel the first game was played.
In June, the Society for International Hockey Research released an 18-page report concluding that the first match was played at the Victoria Skating Rink in downtown Montreal on March 3, 1875.
- FROM JUNE 12, 2002: Report on hockey's birthplace renews rivalry
On Friday, the federation confirmed that it has accepted the findings. It wants to put a plaque or some other historical marker on the site which is now a four-storey parking garage at the corner of Stanley and Drummond streets.
Although sports that resembled hockey may have been played in other places before 1875, the first actual game with a puck, nets and a specific set of rules was in Montreal, according to the federation.
- FROM JULY 28, 2001: Nova Scotia town defends claim as hockey cradle
Diehard Montreal hockey fans celebrated Friday's announcement, and called for the old Victoria Rink to be rebuilt and turned into the permanent home of the Stanley Cup trophy.