As the ice hockey season starts off with a bang, I believe it would be a worthy idea to share the history of this intense sport. Historically, it is proven that there was a sport that resembled hockey in Egypt about 4,000 years ago. Of course, it’s never been proven that hockey officially started back then because the sport of hockey is actually based from many different sports put together. However, it’s still a very interesting fact. Ice hockey was first founded in the early 19th century in Canada. This sport then grew like wildfire. In the 1890’s, the United States started playing and then in the same time period, it became popular in Europe as well. The reason the game caught on so fast and why many people loved hockey back in the old days was simply because the rules were more relaxed, meaning they could do more of whatever they wanted.
This game is best recognized for its fighting, rough play and bloodshed in every single game.
In fact, when it first started, the players would hardly wear any protective gear and helmets weren’t even an option. Voluminous rules have been altered since then for the protection of the players which unfortunately doesn’t stop them from getting hurt. Every single hockey player you look at has lost at least a couple of teeth, broken many bones in his body, and has multiple scars on his face. This isn’t surprising considering the players shoot the hockey puck (at minimum) usually around 90-100 miles per hour! Imagine standing in front of a hard rubber disk weighing around 6 ounces traveling at 100 mph!! These guys take a puck to the face like it was just a slap in the face. Breaking a bone, losing a tooth or even bleeding from the head does not stop these players from doing what they love. For example, the Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson got hit right in the mouth and lost two teeth. Following that, he got right back up, skated around looking for his teeth, picked them up off the ice, skated to the bench, gave the trainer his teeth, and then continued to play. That is a true hockey player right there!
People all over the world love hockey. The atmosphere at the arenas is something no other sport can beat. With the fans going wild about everything that occurs, and the players giving it their all every single game, it is truly an incredible sport. Every single year in the NHL, there is a championship called the “Stanley Cup”. In fact, each year the Stanley Cup has to be hidden before being awarded. There have been many attempts to steal this coveted trophy. This past year, the Stanley Cup was hidden at a hotel in downtown Chicago. It had to be heavily guarded until it was awarded. Hockey also has the most intense, gut-wrenching playoffs. If you have absolutely no idea how hockey works, I highly recommend you begin to start looking into it. You will not regret it!
we have solved most of the issues we had last weekend, but we can understand that for some of you it´s hard now to finish the Magic room on time. For that we have decided to make some changes:
For now the Shadows magicians are winning with a 53%, but both teams have still the chance to win.
Good luck to both sides!!!
Interesting news are coming out from the Smeet planet! For every big fan of our rooms we generetade some new items in a special, unique collection. Can you guess the topic? Halloween, of course! In these horrifing days our level of inspiration increased and we created special items for the folloqing rooms:
Check our shop right now! A Ufo, a super cool new car and a very special Dragon (coming soon) are waiting for you!!!
You will find our exclusive items that are availabe only until the 4th of november! Don't miss this chance to level up with all the Fame Points that you can get!
Enjoy Smeet more then ever with this spooky horror collection!
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We need to thank the Welsh, and Pope Gregory IV for Halloween. Diolch i chi, Cymru. Gratias ago tibi, sancte Pater. I’m referring to Halloween as commemorated in Western Culture; trick or treating, dressing up, pumpkins, apple bobbing, and all that jazz. Incidentally, regarding pumpkins – ditch them; you should be carving turnips (good luck with that).
Various cultures have commemorative days that pay respect to the Departed, be they direct ancestors, martyrs, Saints, or just people we have known. There’s also a little part of marking the oncoming Winter in the northern hemisphere too. As with many celebrations, Halloween is a smorgasbord. But the roots are generally accepted as Welsh. Well, Celtic but to define the Celts would take even longer, so we’ll take the shortcut and call it Welsh. Celebrating the end of Harvest and the beginning of Winter, it would be marked by activities that would now be considered as “Harvest Festival” in nature – much feasting, much drinking, thanking the gods for the harvest, and pleading with them to be kind in the future (and to bring the Sun back).
As with many of the Faiths at the time, there would also be offerings provided to the Ancestors. The aim was to honour the Dead in such a way that they did not try to return to the Living. The Christian Faith is responsible for the name of the Celebration. All Saints’ Day was a variable date until fixed as 1st November by Pope Gregory IV (mid-9th century). There is no accepted single reason for the move; some say it was to mask/replace the existing “pagan” festival, others that it was a practical one (moving a feasting festival from a hot time to a cooler time, so as to preserve the food longer). As with a number of Christian festivals, the evening prior was marked with acts of devotion, and gained its own name – All Hallows’ Evening. Halloween, as a name, first appears in the mid-18th century and is considered as a final concatenation of All Hallows’ Evening (All Hallows’ Evening – All Hallows’ Eve – Allhallowe’en – Hallowe’en – Halloween). The main aspects of Halloween that we know of – dressing up and the collecting of treats – appear to have the same origins. Soul Cakes were simple baked rounds that were presented to “Soulers” – people, mainly children, went around singing, saying prayers and collecting these special cakes.
Eating one was seen as releasing a Soul from Purgatory. Because these Souls might be out looking for payback on anyone who had wronged them in life, the Soulers would wear masks and costumes in order to hide from them. The turnips? Oh – I’d nearly forgotten about them. They were the root vegetable originally used in East Anglia (England) for “Jack-o’-lanterns”, copying an idea from Ireland (the Celts again). Carving out vegetables and using them as lamps goes back several thousand years and is common in many cultures. It’s an easy step to see them used as “Soul Lights”, hollowed out and carved with grotesque faces, and then placed to ward off evil Souls.
While the first recorded reference to a carved pumpkin and Halloween is from the mid-19th century, frankly with vegetable carving being known by so many cultures (and for so long), and with many peoples migrating to the US, in all likelihood someone somewhere was using carved pumpkins as lanterns long before officially recorded. Halloween is marked in various countries around the World, typically because either Christian Missionaries got there first, or American culture got there second. In most places, there was already a pre-existing celebration of similar nature and Halloween was incorporated.
And let’s face it, most people like to dress up at any excuse and who doesn’t like chocolate? Smeet allows you to dress up and celebrate Halloween with many people from many countries. They’ve just not yet worked out how do deliver you a candy. Happy Smeeting!