The word “hockey” comes from the old French word "hocquet", meaning "stick". The origins of ice hockey are unclear, but it is widely accepted that the British are responsible for bringing hockey to North America. Soldiers stationed in Nova Scotia, Canada, played the earliest games. In 1879, a group of college students at McGill University in Montreal organised competitions and developed the first known set of hockey rules. The sport migrated south to the United States during the 1890s. The first known hockey games took place between Johns Hopkins and Yale Universities in 1895. The first Olympic Games to include ice hockey for men were the Antwerp Games in 1920. However, the first Olympic Winter Games took place in 1924 in Chamonix.
Chinese Ice Hockey Association
IIHF Member since: 1956
President: XIAO Tian
General-Secretary: LIANG Xiaolong
Add: 56 Zhongguancun South Avenue, Haidian District, Beijing 100044, China
Tel: (8610) 68332576
Fax: (8610) 68358083
Scientific Research Commission
A national mass sports organization and member of the All-China Sports Federation. Its highest organ of power is the National Committee, the executive organ is the Standing Committee and the secretariat is in charge of the administration work.
The main tasks of the CIHA are, in accordance with the nation's general and specific policies and principles for sports, to organize various ice hockey events among the people and raise the technical level; promote international activities and technical exchanges; organize national competitions, scientific research and training courses for players, coaches and judges at different levels; draw up the plans and rules for efficient management and competition systems; select and recommend national players and coaches for intensified training for major national and international tournaments.