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

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Recent Examples on the Web Two brothers, hockey players, dead on same day of opioid overdose. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "What you read this year: Here are 19 of IndyStar's most popular stories in 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Here’s a deeper look into some of the hockey player’s most heartwarming contributions. Georgia Slater,, "Lindsey Vonn’s Fiancé P.K. Subban Has Given Millions of NHL Salary to Charity — What to Know," 26 Dec. 2019 USA TODAY Alex Luey, a youth hockey player who inspired Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin to score his 20th career hat trick in 2017, has died of cancer at 15. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Alex Ovechkin mourns death of Alex Luey, the young hockey player who inspired him," 23 Dec. 2019 Cam Neely is a retired hockey player by trade but has done some acting. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Stars of 'Dumb and Dumber': Where Are They Now?," 16 Dec. 2019 Carle is the second hockey player to be selected, joining two-time Stanley Cup winner Scott Gomez. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Marcie Trent, Matt Carle lead Alaska Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020," 13 Dec. 2019 Last month, correspondent Jessica Allen of The Social (Canada’s The View) was forced to apologize for saying hockey players tended to be white and tended to be bullies, both of which are true. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "The Great White Nope," 13 Dec. 2019 Second-year coach Laurie Naill, a former Westminster field hockey player herself, didn’t miss a chance to join in the jubilation. Pat Stoetzer,, "Field Hockey: Westminster outlasts Urbana in overtime to win Class 3A state championship," 9 Nov. 2019 Laidlaw is a retired hockey player (aren’t all Canadians?) who, spoiler alert, doesn’t like heights. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Meet the cast of ‘Survivor: Island of the Idols’," 23 Sep. 2019

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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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5 Jan 2020

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“Hockey.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 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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