National Geographic : 1956 Jan
35 Hockey Players Etch Patterns on the Ice Though its Canadian birth place is disputed, ice hockey seems to have emerged complete with rules in the 1870's on the campus of McGill University, Montreal. Within 25 years it had become the national sport of Canada and had gained con verts in the United States. Today ice hockey is found across the northern world. Swedes, Swiss, Finns, Germans, Norwegians, Czechoslovaks, and others send teams to the Winter Olympic games. Here the Idaho Falls team in dark jerseys and red trunks battles Jackson players in yel low and black. Checking and blocking at high speed, skaters try to drive the rubber puck into the opponents' goal. Idaho Falls goalie guards the cage at this end of the rink. All rinks require a fence to keep the puck confined to the playing surface.