Drew S.

North Vancouver, British Columbia

Sea to Sky Regional Heritage Fair

How hockey has changed over the years

This video discusses some of the many changes that have occurred in hockey over the past century.  Equipment and rule changes have made hockey into a much different game than it was decades ago. 





What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Going to into this project I did not realize the how much hockey has changed since its beginnings. Learning about how goalies couldn't go down to their knees, how icings and offsides were introduced and how little equipment the players used to wear was fascinating.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

My research into the changes made in hockey has given me a new appreciation for the sport. It has evolved to ensure player safety and fan enjoyment of the game. However, throughout all the changes, the spirit of the game has endured. It is that spirit that is enjoyed across all ages, genders, and cultures from one coast of Canada to the other.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The best comparison I can offer is one of me as an avid hockey player and fan. I have equipment that uses all the latest technologies in safety and performance, versus players originally playing the game with pads made of felt and straight wooden sticks. The equipment and rule changes have resulted in a game with more speed and harder shots but players playing both today and decades ago still enjoy the game for the love of hockey.