The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre is on the original dairy site of John Brewster but is now an ice hockey pitch. Hockey is very popular in Canada year-round and at every level. The modern form of ice hockey began in Canada in the late 19th century, and is widely considered Canada’s national pastime.The word “hockey” is probably derived from the French hoquet (“shepherd’s crook”), referring to the shape of the stick, and the nickname “shinny,” for informal hockey, likely comes from the game’s connections to shinty. It is unclear precisely where and when ice hockey originated, but it is doubtless connected to the stick-and-ball games of bandy, shinty and hurley, which were brought to Canada in one form or another by students or the military in the 19th century.
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