Canada is the spiritual home of ice hockey as the game emerged in Montreal, with the first recorded indoor hockey game taking place in 1875.
The sport has developed over the course of time, with the modern form of ice hockey beginning in the late 19th century, however, certain aspects of the original game, such as the ice rink-length and puck use, are still used to this day.
Hockey is Canada's national pastime and is extremely popular, with year-round participation at every level. Men, women, and children of all ages, play at various levels of competition, highlighting the passion Canadians have for the sport. Be sure to join in and experience the passion, thrills and excitement that top class ice hockey generates with Canada ice hockey tickets on StubHub!
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Canada ice hockey history
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Canada is the team to beat on the international circuit and holds the reputation as the leading team in world ice hockey. Team Canada is often at the top of the IIHF rankings and is a perennial top six contender. In addition to regular high rankings, the men's national team also holds an enviable record in international tournaments.
Team Canada has amassed a huge medal haul with Olympic and World Championship victories dating back to the 1920's. The 1930's proved to be an extremely successful period with Canada securing eight World titles within the ten year period. In 2014, the men's team secured back to back Olympic gold medals after victory at the 2010 games in Vancouver.
Canada is also a member of the 'Big Six' of ice hockey's heavyweight nations. Competing for all the major honours against the world's strongest ice hockey teams of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States. The high level of rivalry and competition means you can expect fireworks whenever Team Canada takes to the ice.
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Canada's ice hockey stars
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Canada is home to The National Hockey League and the NHL is considered to be the world's top professional ice hockey league. The Stanley Cup, North America's oldest professional sports trophy is a hotly contested cup competition with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers dominating proceedings.
This high level of competition has created stars and legends of the game with names such as Mario Lemieux and Guy Lafleur becoming household names. While Wayne Gretzky is a true great of American sport, with his acheivements held in the same esteem as legends such as Michael Jordan, John Elway and Pete Sampras.
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