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Happy Birthday Hockey!

March 3, 2011 1 comment

While the exact origins of the greatest game on the planet (and Canada’s national game) are very much disputed, the very first organized hockey game took place 136 years ago today!

According to a media missive written by Earl Zukerman in The Globe and Mail today, the  first game was played at Victoria skating rink in Montreal on March 3, 1875.

Fancy Ball at the Victoria Rink, Montreal, 186...

Fancy Ball at the Victoria Rink, Montreal, 1865 - Image via Wikipedia

It was also the very first game which used a wooden puck instead of a rubber ball. Yet another claim to fame of the game is it was the first instance of a hockey brawl, at least according to Wikipedia:

This fighting was not between the on-ice combatants, rather, it was between the hockey players and spectators and members of the Skating Club. Members of the Skating Club were opposed to the use of the skating rink for hockey as it took away hours from other skating activities and it damaged the ice quality.

Whenever I write about a topic that is not quite science related, I find a very vague way to link it to something scientific; because science is, of course, all around us! (possibly the nerdiest thing a person can say). So I actually found this article published today that does a pretty decent job explaining some of the physics of ice skating. It’s actually quite a complicated system, with many different concepts playing a role.

Regardless of when and where it originated exactly, hockey remains Canada’s undisputed national pastime.

Go Leafs!

New Guinness World Record: Largest Maple Leaf

November 18, 2010 12 comments

Joseph Donato Finds World's Largest Maple Leaf. From the Globe and Mail

Perhaps as an omen to the imminent winning streak of the Toronto Maple Leafs, a 9 year-old boy in Pickering, Ontario has discovered the world’s largest maple leaf.

The Guinness Book of World Records will be creating a new category for the maple leaf, which measures about 13-inches across.

Joseph Donato says there is a downside to finding the world’s largest leaf, however (from the Globe and Mail story):

“People are jealous at school,” he confided, and they’re trying to find bigger leaves.

Only in the great nation of Canada would this story make national news. Though I must admit, that leaf is pretty damn big.

Go Leafs!

Toronto Maple Leafs' ice hockey jersey.

Image via Wikipedia