The History of Field Hockey (Part II)

Early field hockey was popular in Canada and still is today. 

Like in the early days, British Columbia today continues to be the major center for field hockey in Canada. Though, that isn’t to say the game wasn’t being played in other parts of the globe. Records show the creation of clubs in Calgary and the game being played in Halifax, Toronto, and Newfoundland in the 1900s. Presently, field hockey is enjoyed and played across Canada.

The Game Today

Hockey experienced its highest level of success in British colonial India, where Calcutta HC was created as the first professional field hockey club outside of England in 1885. The sport constantly grew at a quick pace in India during the 19th and early 20th centuries. When field hockey was reestablished as an Olympic sport in 1928, India went on to win the gold medal every year from 1928 to 1956. Also, field hockey has achieved excellent success in the former colonies of New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, Hong Kong, and the U.S.

Field Hockey Today

Field hockey is mostly practiced as a women’s sport in Canada and the USA where it is among the most well-liked women’s school sports. Since field hockey has been played by Americans since the time of British colonial rule, it has maintained being one of the oldest college sports in the U.S. 

Soon after the creation of the men’s professional field hockey teams in England, many women’s colleges in America created the first women’s field hockey teams in the U.S. College field hockey has increased in popularity to the point where it is now acclaimed by over 250 U.S. colleges and universities. All this success has made field hockey one of the most rewarding scholarship sports in the U.S.

Competitive opportunities come in the form of junior and senior leagues that are tiered into divisions that reflect every level of play. Yearly provincial, club and invitational tournaments complement league play and deliver a chance to enjoy the game.