The Many Faces of the Game Today

© Steve Babineau-Dave Sandford-Doug MacLellan/Hockey Hall of Fame

Introduction

Originally, Canada was represented in international hockey tournaments by its best Amateur club team, usually the winner of the Allan Cup.

The first team to officially represent Canada was an Amateur team, the Toronto Granites two-time Allan Cup champions who played in the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix, France in 1924. Four years earlier, hockey had been a demonstration sport at the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium and the Winnipeg Falcons represented Canada. History will remember the Falcons as the first Canadians to play on the international stage, although not in official competition.

The first Olympic Winter Games saw Canada capture the gold, beginning a proud tradition of international success for Canada. Subsequently, Canada has participated in many different international tournaments.

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