Birthplace of Hockey
Did you know that a brief passage in Sir John Franklin’s journals represents the first recorded mention of ice hockey in North America?
In 1825, Franklin noted that as his men settled into their winter quarters on the shores of Great Bear Lake, they passed the time by skating and playing hockey. Local Dene oral history also speaks of people “flying around” and playing on the ice. Today, hockey is a popular sport in Délı̨nę and the local team “the Braves” are a force to be reckoned with!
This historic event, and the place of pride it occupies in Délı̨nę, have inspired a mural, comic book, and custom-designed tabletop hockey game in the Discovery Gallery.
Délı̨nę is officially recognized as a Territorial Historic Site because of its hockey history. For more information visit our Historic Places Program webpage.
Come out and play!
In 1825 Sir John Franklin’s Second Overland Expedition to the Arctic Ocean overwintered at Fort Franklin (Délı̨nę). Franklin wrote, “till the snow fell, the game of hockey played on the ice was the morning’s sport.” Locals at the time recalled players “flying across the ice, like they were floating.” Délı̨nę is recognized as a Territorial Historic Place, the site of the First Recorded Hockey Game in the NWT.
Birthplaces of Hockey
A stick game played in ancient Egypt
Genna, a field hockey-like game
Beikou, a game played by the Daur people
Chueca, a stick-and-ball game resembling field hockey
First written account describing lacrosse
Earliest known depiction of a hockey player on ice
Hurley-on-ice, played by King’s College students
First recorded game of ice hockey in the NWT, perhaps North America
First recorded organized game of hockey
First organized women’s hockey game
Invention of sledge hockey
Comic book written and illustrated by:
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Délı̨nę Braves hockey team
Délı̨nę Got’ın̨ę Government
Carla Rae Taylor
Produced by Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, 2018.