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Habs-Flyers Game 5 showdown has historical twist

"A freshly unearthed reference to matches of the stick-and-ball game "hurly" being played by young skaters on the frozen Schuylkill in 18th-century Philadelphia – possibly as early as 1785 – is among the key findings of two Swedish historians whose discoveries are dramatically rewriting the story of hockey’s evolution." While Windsor, Nova Scotia claims to be the "birthplace of Hockey," thanks to mentions of hurly being played in 1800, this new evidence found in Philadelphia is dated to have occurred 15 years prior. It's cool to see Philadelphia's role in the evolution of hockey. Who would have thought?

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