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    Indoor Ice-Hockey Before Montral (Pre-1875)

    An interesting page from the book on earlier(pre-1875) indoor hockey.

    "In 1863, one of the first covered ice rinks in Canada was erected at the Horticultural Gardens in Halifax. Dartmouth historian Dr. John Martin, who made an extensive research of hockey and its origin in Nova Scotia, stated in his privately published work The Birthplace of Hockey that the rink had been the site of indoor hockey games."
    "Dr. Martin noted that organized games played in the new rink in the winter of 1863 were regularly reported in the local papers, and that "Hockey must have been a game of long standing in and about Halifax, because the newspapers did not comment on anything extraordinary about the contests: which suggests that their readers were well acquainted with hockey procedure and practices. The only seeming novelty was that the game was played indoors for the first time, and necessarily limited the number of players on each side."
    "Unfortunately, Dr. Martin did not provide specific examples of the games played in the rink, and many of the original newspapers from those years, which were held in the archives of Nova Scotia, were destroyed in the 1960s. As a consequence, none of the game reports evoked by Dr. Martin has been uncovered yet."

    The Halifax Skating Rink aka Horticultural Gardens in 1880.(Built 1863)

    http://www.amazon.com/On-Origin-Hock.../dp/0993799809
    ^^^ look inside then press kindle book to view

    An interesting book I found about indoor Hockey in the St.John's Rink in 1865...
    https://books.google.ca/books?id=gxf...c3AtkQ6AEIIjAA


    Here's another reference to an indoor Hockey Game from 1871 in Brooklyn.

    Date: Thursday, January 26, 1871
    Location: New York, New York
    Paper: New York Herald
    Article Type: Newspaper Article



    Finally in this first article it mentions that Shinny-Hockey was played on skates at the Wooster skating rink in 1872 and in the second they talk about how Wooster will be having a Skating rink for the following season of 1871-1872.



    Date:Thursday, February 22, 1872
    Location:Wooster, Ohio
    Paper:Wooster Republican
    Article Type:Newspaper Article

    Date:Thursday, November 23, 1871
    Location:Wooster, Ohio
    Paper:Wooster, Ohio
    Article Type:NewspaperArticle
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    I couldn't post this properly(Brooklyn game in 1871) so here it is again

    Date: Thursday, January 26, 1871
    Location: New York, New York
    Paper: New York Herald
    Article Type: Newspaper Article

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    I found a couple more reference's to indoor Ice-Hockey in the New York area.

    The first dated Thursday, March 10, 1870 out of the New York World newspaper.

    The second being from Monday, January 30, 1871 out of the New York Herald

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