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Hockey: A People’s History

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A Simple Game (1875–1905)

Since the dawn of time, people have played games using sticks and balls. But it was in Montréal, on a cold and frosty night in March 1875, that McGill University students faced off in the first hockey match ever played indoors to set rules. Hockey would never be the same again.

The game was originally played only by the wealthy. Eventually, however, it spread from one end of the country to the other, blurring class and gender lines along the way. A team from the Yukon even crossed the entire country to compete for the most prestigious hockey cup in the world, created in 1892 by Governor General Lord Stanley.

This is the story of hometown dreams born on frozen ponds.

This documentary is suitable for children aged 7 years and older.


CINÉ+ is presenting Hockey: A People’s History, the first episode in a series of 10, broadcast by the CBC in 2006. The presentation of the episode A Simple Game is intended to complement the visitor’s experience of the Museum’s Hockey exhibition. The views and opinions expressed in this documentary are those of the producers and/or the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Canadian Museum of History.

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11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 28, 2017
3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.