Hockey, outdoor game played by two opposing teams of 11 players each who use sticks curved at the striking end to hit a small, hard ball into their opponent's goal.
But how did this game get its name? There are a number of popular theories. One is that hockey comes from the French word "hoquet" which means shepherd's crook. Another is that a man named Colonel Hockey in Windsor, Nova Scotia used the game to keep his troops conditioned.
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