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Want to start a fight? Just ask where hockey was invented.In The Puck Starts Here, Garth Vaughan traces the origin of Canadas great winter game, not to Montreal (where the first hockey game was played in 1875), not to Kingston (where QueensMoreWant to start a fight? Just ask where hockey was invented.In The Puck Starts Here, Garth Vaughan traces the origin of Canadas great winter game, not to Montreal (where the first hockey game was played in 1875), not to Kingston (where Queens University and Royal Military College played the first hockey game in 1886), but to Windsor, Nova Scotia, around 1800. Vaughan is not speculating. According to Thomas Chandler Haliburton, as early as 1800, the local version of He shoots! He scores! echoed over Windsors frozen ponds as the boys of Kings College School furiously hit a slice from a stick of stove wood towards the opponents goal with their hurley sticks. Soon the youth of Halifax and Dartmouth and the soldiers in the garrisons took up the new sport. By centurys end, hockey had spread across Canada, and Lord Stanley had donated his famous cup.The Puck Starts Here begins with hockeys origin, but Vaughan goes on to show how early equipment developed into the recognizably modern gear of the 1930s. He also explains that, although the Mikmaq of Nova Scotia made the best hornbeam hockey sticks, they were not welcome on town teams- neither were Blacks or women. So they started their own hockey leagues, which were going strong by 1900.This easy-to-read book is illustrated with over 200 pictures -- engravings and paintings from the early 1800s, archival and press photos, snapshots, and advertisements. The Puck Starts Here makes thrilling reading for every hockey enthusiast.A retired surgeon and a native of Windsor, Garth Vaughan has lived and breathed hockey since boyhood. He found more than enough material in libraries in Nova Scotia, at Harvard, at Queens Universityand Royal Military College, and in the National Archives of Canada to prove that his hometown is truly the source of Canadas winter obsession.