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Ice Hockey (Scottish Origins)

The origins of the game are argued about to this day, but a strong claim can be made that it was brought to Canada, where it all started, by Scottish highland troops stationed there with the British army and playing their native game of shinty on ice during the winter months. The earliest games there were played in Nova Scotia and called shinney, and in Canada that term is still used today to describe an informal game of ice or street hockey. The game is still played with camans, now called hockey sticks, and a puck, the name of which is derived from the Scots Gaelic puc (to poke, punch or deliver a blow).

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