Friday, November 20, 2015

First Indoor Hockey Rink

Variations of both curling and hockey had been played for many generations prior to the naming of the playing area, but the origins of the modern, indoor ice rink can be traced back to Montreal, where the first organized indoor game was played at the Victoria Skating Rink in 1875. While the surface dimensions of the rink were basically what you would find at an NHL rink today ( 85 ft × 200 ft or 26 m × 61 m), the organizers of that first game made the wise decision to use a puck instead of a ball in order to protect spectators from flying objects in lieu of the now traditional boards.Located in central Montreal, it was home to the Montreal Winter Carnivals of the 19th century, and was also the location of the first Stanley Cup playoff games in 1894. The Victoria Skating rink was sold in 1925, and today the site is home to a parking garage.