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Breaking the ice

Yesterdays and Todays reflects on hockey’s history

January 27, 2013
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

Blades carving the ice, quick stops shooting up fine clouds of snow, repeated clapping of slap shots, whistles blowing, and crowds roaring are the familiar sights and sounds that are once again heard over the last several days as the National Hockey League ended its lockout. Missed by fans since October, they can now cheer for favorite teams and players. A sport enjoyed for centuries with roots in several cultures, youth through college and professional leagues have played it with increasing popularity in the last mid-century to the present. Who doesn't remember the "Miracle on Ice" from the 1980 Olympics and since then at least know of local boys in youth leagues? With winter upon us, outdoor hockey is also enjoyed by those lucky enough with nearby ponds or fabricated rinks in their backyards.



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