The Evolution of Our Game
(the list is a work in progress)
1896 - In the first documented game, umbrellas and cricket bats were used to push around a cricket ball.
1899 - The 'goal' consisted of two posts propped up in the ice. There was a 'curb' separating the ice from the spectators' area. - Games had one Referee and two 30-minute halves with a break before the second half.
- The rules were similar to rugby with no forward passing. There were 7 players per team (six skaters and a goalkeeper).
1903 - Netting was used for the first time on the hockey goal on Feb 2. - (Source: Evening Telegram Feb 3/03).
1905 - In the first years, a white flag, raised by a goal judge at either end, was used to signify a goal. There was a goal judge behind each 'goal'/net.
1906 - Boards (fence) were used for the first time at The Prince's Rink.
1918 - Games were played with six players per team (5 skaters + goaltender) and three 20-minute periods for the first time in NL against the King's College and Halifax teams that were visiting St. John's.
1919 - The City League adopted the rule changes of 6 players per team and three 20-minute periods.
1921 - Players' boxes, a penalty box, a scoreboard and improved lighting was installed in the Prince's Rink, St. John's.
1958 - The one Referee/two Linesman system was first used in the St. John's Senior League. This was the first instance in Newfoundland.