Hockey is a fast contact sport played on an ice rink between two teams of six skaters, who attempt to drive a small rubber disk (the puck) into the opposing goal with hooked or angled sticks. It developed in Canada in the 19th century.
Hockey was originally a popular sport in the chilly climates of northern Europe, specifically Great Britain and France, where field hockey was a popular summer sport more than 500 years ago. When the ponds and lakes froze over in winter, it wasn’t unusual for the athletes to play field hockey on the ice. An ice game known as kolven was popular in Holland in the 17th century, and later on the game really took hold in England.