History 3813- O'Connell-The Birth of the NHL and the Legacy of the Canadiens

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Sports have been known as a form of leisure for most people in one form or another. Within Canada hockey is known as the great Canadian sport, and is one of the symbols that other countries connect with Canada. Although Canadians have been playing hockey for years and before that a variation of the game know as 'shinny' there is evidence that a form of hockey had been previously played in some European countries prior to Canada's adoption of the game where they took and shaped it to the game that we are familiar with today. Hockey then spread quickly throughout the country and to the United States quite rapidly in popularity. Since the beginning of the game and National Hockey Leagues there has been a great fan base for the game that has continued to spread. The dedication of fans to their one team is great.