For Canadians during the winter, hockey is played frequently and is considered a national sport. Like in many other countries that belong to diverse populations, the sport is a unifier. The sport is of such import that the maple leaf is drawn on hockey shirts in support for this national diversion.
The sport is a prominent theme in all parts of the country’s culture, even being a theme for a college course called Hockey in Canadian Literature from the University of Saskatchewan. Other literature whose theme focuses on hockey is How Hockey Explains Canada: The Sport That Defines a Country and other books that explain the sport’s effect on the public conscious. Finally, in a poll that asked Canadians who were the greatest men from that country of all time, two prominent hockey players made the list. Hockey has been a major sport in the country for a few centuries, and while not the country of origin, the sport is favored by Canadians today.
Hockey is one of the national sports in Canada, as Canada has two national games – Hockey (in winter) and Lacrosse (in summer). The game is recognized and declared to be the national winter sport of Canada. It is the most popular spectator sport and its Canada’s most successful sport in international competition.
The modern ice hockey began in Canada in the 19th century. Some of the popular trophies for the national championships in the country include the Memorial Cup and the Allan Cup for junior and senior men respectively. There are also divisional championships throughout the country.