My first book, On His Own Side of the Puck: The Early History of Hockey Rules is now available for sale! I've posted a couple of excerpts in the past week, and now it's time to click on the thingy at the top of the page, or go here to order the book from Blurb. It's $16 for the softcover edition, or $7 for the ebook version. Feel free to leave any comments you have about the book here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I get some good comments by email I'll put them in a blog post at some point.
Here's the back cover text if you want a little more information:
"A player must always be on his own side of the puck."
One of the most important rules of early organized hockey, the game that was played from the mid-1870s into the 1910s, was that a player could not be ahead of the puck. This rule, like many others from this era, is often misunderstood, if they are even known. The history of early ice hockey rules is largely unknown, subject to a number of contradictory claims from a number of people, not all of which can be true.
In His Own Side of the Puck, hockey historian Iain Fyffe delves into the original 1875 rules of organized hockey, where they came from, and how they developed over the next several decades. Featuring discussion of the rules of a number of nineteenth-century sports, and the complete text of many codes of hockey rules from major hockey leagues from across Canada and the United States from 1875 to 1915, this book is an important contribution to the study of early organized hockey.