|Nation Population:||5 445 802|
|Total number of hockey clubs:||102|
|Total number of players:||11 502|
|Male players:||2 317|
|Junior players U20:||8 554|
|Total number of referees:||261|
Early years - Canadians are justly proud of their bringing ice hockey - one of the most tremendous games to the whole world. Overseas it was already played in the last century but began entering Europe step by step, too.
The first European Championship took place in 1910.
During that time Canadian (ice) hockey was a rival to bandy hockey and definitely took the lead after the Olympic Games in Chamonix in 1924.
Bandy hockey was number one in Slovakia, too. Canadian hockey got only popularised during the European Championship in High Tatras in 1925. Read complete story
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