On His Own Side of the Puck




"A player must always be on his own side of the puck."

One of the most important rules in 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 the era, is often misunderstood, if it is even known at all. The history of early organized 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 On His Own Side of the Puck, hockey historian Iain Fyffe delves into the original 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 1877 to 1915, this book is an important contribution to the study of early organized hockey.

Published in 2014, On His Own Side of the Puck is available in a variety of formats: in print and Kindle on Amazon.com, and in PDF.

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