hock·​ey | \ ˈhä-kē How to pronounce hockey (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The disconnect between regular season performance and postseason results can sometimes be because of the inherent randomness that follows hockey, especially in the shortened sample sizes of seven-game series. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Built for the Stanley Cup playoffs? Stars have a chance to prove they’re postseason-ready during the NHL’s return," 12 July 2020 Tampa Bay Lightning, the latter of which is particularly popular with the locals (ice-hockey in the tropics—go figure! Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in Tampa, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 10 July 2020 The Stanley Cup is finally coming back to Canada—but not for the reason that Canadian hockey fans have been dreaming about. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The NHL and Its Canadian Playoff Extravaganza," 10 July 2020 Trudeau wears one when he can’t be assured of maintaining appropriate social-distancing, which in Canadian terms is about the length of a hockey stick. David M. Shribman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Justin Trudeau's refusal to travel to the U.S. to meet Trump was a pointed rebuke," 8 July 2020 In the United States, many of the major sports leagues, including hockey and baseball, have been suspended. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "Trump wants tax breaks to lure baseball fans back, but incentive could misfire with attendance still barred," 8 July 2020 Regarding the ice rink, the venue is open for rentals -- which are mainly figure skating and hockey groups -- but open skate sessions have been cancelled. John Benson, cleveland, "Brooklyn’s John M. Coyne Recreation Center opens indoor pool and ice rink," 6 July 2020 In an intranet post, Allie Doney, who works as a senior legal assistant in our East Windsor, N.J., office, described her brother’s battle with opioid addiction after sustaining hockey injuries, which eventually led to him dying of a drug overdose. Christopher J. Swift, Fortune, "A guide for companies that want to fight the stigma around opioid addiction," 6 July 2020 Football is coming, college and pro, along with basketball, hockey and soccer. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: How can sports proceed like this?," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of hockey

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hockey

perhaps from Middle French hoquet shepherd's crook, diminutive of hoc hook, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hōc hook

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The first known use of hockey was in 1527

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31 Jul 2020

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“Hockey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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hock·​ey | \ ˈhä-kē How to pronounce hockey (audio) \

Kids Definition of hockey

: a game played on ice or in a field by two teams who try to drive a puck or ball through a goal by hitting it with a stick

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