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07-28-2014, 09:11 PM
Iain Fyffe
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At what point in the development of ice hockey in Canada did the degree of physicality reach the level that we now associate with the NHL game (for example)? Certainly not in the 1870s, or 1880s. I'd suggest it probably wasn't until the professional era, maybe about 1905 or so. Modern bandy features a certain amount of physicality, and I would suggest that Montreal hockey in the 1870s and 1880s had a level of physicality more similar to modern bandy than modern hockey. So if you establish a certain level of physicality as a criteria, you're going to be excluding a large portion of early hockey in Canada.

And of course, there's the issue of women's hockey. Are we going to call women's hockey a separate sport from men's hockey because of the difference in physicality?

As for the "own side" idea, it's simply not true that all English field hockey featured this restriction. Some types of hockey in England allowed you to play on both sides. The rules that Creighton (?) adapted the first (?) Montreal hockey rules from did have such a restriction, but it wasn't the only version of field hockey.

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