hockey's origins are said to have in first appeared at several places at once. Suffice to say that it developed in Europe during the Middle Ages, when field
hockey was taken to frozen ponds and lakes during the cold winter
later developed throughout North America, where British soldiers
played a similar game of "hurley" in army forts throughout
Canada. Of course, ice hockey soon caught on to become a major national pastime in Canada and quickly
headed south to the United States.
ice hockey became an Olympic sport at the 1920 Summer Olympic
Games in Antwerp, then was added to the inaugural Winter Olympic
Games at Chamonix in 1924. As it continues
to do, Canada historically dominated the sport in the 20th century followed
by the Russians, Americans, Swedes and Czechs.
February 2018 Olympic Ice Hockey Schedule & Medal Events
Womens ice hockey was added to the Olympic program at the Winter
Olympic Games in Nagano in 1998, when the American men's team took the spotlight by defeating the favored
Canadians in a memorable match for the gold medal. The following
"grudge match" at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics saw
a reversal of fortune for the men's U.S. Olympic hockey as the Canadian team took home
It was the Swedes who took top honors at the Turino games in 2006, but four years later America and Canada were once again battling it out on the ice at Vancouver -- with Canada once again capturing the gold in 2010 and (against Sweden) in 2014.
In PyeongChang, the scene is set for more non-stop rivalry as the Russian, Canadian and American teams take to the ice once again. Who will grab the gold in 2018? Stay tuned...
DID YOU KNOW?
Olympic hockey fun facts
The 1980 "Miracle on Ice" made
front page news from coast to coast.
• The Russians were the clear favorite to win at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, having won gold in the four previous Games. But by a stroke of luck, the Americans - a rag-tag team of amateur college players - somehow made it through to the finals to face the Soviet juggernaut. Down 3-2, the Americans battle back to score two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game for the win -- in what quickly became known as "The Miracle on Ice."
• The Slovakian women’s hockey team qualified for the 2010 Olympics by beating Bulgaria with an unheard-of final score of 82-0. They later lost to team Canada in Vancouver 18-0.
• The first Olympic ice hockey tournament was played at the 1920 Summer Olympics, four years before the inaugural Winter Olympics in 1924. In that first-ever Olympic ice hockey program, Canada beat Sweden to take the gold.