When Ice Hockey was a Summer Sport

It’s difficult to visualize a group of hockey players grabbing their sticks and lacing up their skates to play in an international rivalry with glory and national pride on the line.

Even though hockey isn’t played in the summer, lots of fans would love some hockey to carry them through the long summer days.

And as enquiring as it would be to see how fast Usain Bolt and other track stars would be on skates, we will have to wait until the fall and winter time to get our ice hockey fix.

Though years ago, Olympic ice hockey wasn’t played during the winter. Rather it was a summer game. Even in the Olympics.

During this time, the Winter Olympics were absent, so ice hockey players and figure skaters were asked to compete in the Summer Olympics instead.

When the Olympic Games were cancelled because of World War I, the 1st ice hockey tournament was cancelled right along with the 1st World Championship too. Previously, the Ligue International de Hockey sur Glace in 1908 and now called the International Ice Hockey Federation hosted European championships beginning in 1910, but there was yet to be a world game with the US and Canada.

Both North American teams were officially accepted into the world federation in the 1920 Games which happened between April 23-29.

In 1920, 7 countries, the US, Canada, France, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, France, Sweden, and Switzerland went to Antwerp seeking the 1st ever hockey gold medal. The other two countries in the LIHG, Austria and Germany, did not participate in the Olympics as a result of WWI.

Something similar is done today. During the beginning of the year, a NHL hockey game is played outdoors and it is a hit. The fans come sit outdoors.

Best Hockey Towns in the US

It’s a great time to be a hockey fan in America. Last year saw the total attendance in the NHL increase to more than 25 million. This is an all-time high that included what was closely the biggest crowd to ever watch a live hockey game. So where are the best towns to be a hockey?

Grand Forks, North Dakota (NCAA – University of North Dakota)

The University of North Dakota is one of college hockey’s real powerhouse programs. It has earned over 14 conference championships, made over 19 Frozen Four appearances and earned over six national championships, the 2nd highest championship total after Michigan.

Hanover, New Hampshire (NCAA – Dartmouth Big Green)

This college town is burrowed along the Connecticut River in wonderful central New Hampshire. While the main village’s population is just over 8,500, when the Dartmouth hockey team takes to the ice, there are, on average, more than 2,000 fans in attendance. That is more than a quarter more than the population of the town.

Lewiston, New York (NCAA – Niagara Purple Eagles)

One of many top hockey towns situated in close proximity to our hockey-loving neighbors up north, Lewiston is along the Niagara River in upstate New York, just a little ways from hockey haven, Canada. Though they have only been a varsity-level team since ‘96, the Niagara Purple Eagles hockey team has arose as a force not to be messed with in college hockey, winning their conference 4 times since 2000 and making an appearance at the NCAA tournaments repeatedly over that time.

Houghton, Michigan (NCAA – Michigan Tech Huskies)

For hockey fans who enjoy the winter time, Houghton is the town you want to be in. It averages more than 100 days every year in which the temperature doesn’t even reach freezing. Thanks to the closeness of Lake Superior, the town get more than 150 of snow every year. With that kind of weather, the only thing to do is to welcome the cold, as well as the sport that go with it.

 

Best-Looking NHL Players

Hockey season is here which means fans are getting ready to see some

outstanding ice action and experience some real hometown pride. The rest of us are just looking forward to seeing hot looking men play with sticks.

Tyler Seguin

Regardless your reason for viewing, you can’t disagree that there’s a lot of good looking, talented men to interest non-sports and sports fans alike. And fortunately for you, here’s a list of some of hottest players in the NHL. Hope you enjoy it!

Tyler Seguin
Team: Dallas Stars

This Texas hottie is originally from Brampton, Ontario. With the beard, full tattoo sleeves, and boyish good looks, Seguin no doubt about it makes fans swoon. An additional bonus is to go take a peek at his training photos which can be found online!

Henrik Lundqvist
Team: New York Rangers

Swedish hunk Henrik Lundqvist’s definitive good looks are indicative of a bygone time. Maybe he should have thought about leaving the New York Rangers for a part in Mad Men? Regardless, there’s no refuting that this cutie has some outstanding features.

Jonathan Bernier
Team: Colorado Avalanche

Ok, let’s keep it real, we all love a family man. And if you follow Bernier on social media, you’ll see how much he loves his family, making him even more attractive. Aside from his boy-next-door, groomed good looks, are of course, his tatts.

PK Subban
Team:  Nashville Predators

P.K. Subban

Likely the biggest heart in the NHL, PK Subban is famous for his endless charitable work in Montreal (which is where he used to be). The Torontonian is now doing his hockey thing down south, but we still adore him, his fly personality, his pretty smile, and just everything about him, really.

Erik Gudbranson
Team: Vancouver Canucks

Erik Gudbranson’s social media paints a portrait of a courageous spirit, since he seems to adore traveling. United that with his winning smile and tatts, and you have yourself a true hottie.