The Birth of Ice Hockey


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Ice Hockey

Media and entertainment attorney Steven C. Beer is a partner with New York City-based Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo. Outside of work, Steven C. Beer’s hobbies include ice hockey.

While ball-and-stick games are as old as civilization itself, the sport of ice hockey can trace its roots back to the Native Americans, who played a lacrosse-type game on the iced-over lakes, rivers, and ponds of what is now South Dakota. Field hockey was inspired by these games, and small-town Canadian youths began to fill their spare time during the winter playing field hockey on the ice.

However, it wasn’t until 1872 that a Halifax, Nova Scotia native named James Creighton landed in Montreal and introduced the game of “ice hockey” to the big city. Creighton brought both sticks and skates with him. The skates possessed rounded blades that were clamped onto boots and had been patented in 1866 by a company in Nova Scotia. Creighton began by teaching the sport to his friends. By 1875, they were practicing indoors at the Victoria Skating Rink.

The game could not be played indoors out of fear that the bouncing ball would cause damage. The ever-creative Creighton solved the problem by replacing the ball with a wooden disc, and in doing so, he created the first hockey puck.


Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment – A Helpful Guide

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Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment

A successful media and entertainment attorney for the firm of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell, and Vassallo in New York City, Steven C. Beer has published several articles related to the music, film, and television industries. Steven C. Beer is also the author of the book Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment: The Prudent Parent’s Guide from Start to Stardom.

Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment offers a comprehensive look at the issues parents face when their child wants to turn their passion for entertainment into a career. Available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format, the book is written in a question-and-answer format, providing parents with practical information such as how to help children maintain a happy and healthy attitude while developing their career.

Additionally, Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment focuses on subjects like knowing the professionals to consult, how to find and prepare for auditions, financial aspects of the entertainment industry, and understanding the law related to children in entertainment.

Positions on a Hockey Team


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An entertainment attorney by profession, Steven C. Beer practices with Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo in New York City. In his free time, Steven C. Beer is an avid hockey player.

As the rules of the game of hockey dictate, six players from each team take to the ice. The teams each send out one goalie, who must stay within an area known as the crease. The goalie’s purpose is to block the puck from entering the net, and he or she can use any part of the body to stop it. Because this task can be quite dangerous, the goalie wears much more protective gear than other team members.

Each team also sends out two defensemen to block the opposing team’s forward line and protect their goal. The defensemen work in front of the goalie and behind the forwards. They typically stay behind the forward line, so that they can keep the puck outside of their zone when possible and block scoring attempts at their own goal.

Meanwhile, three forwards play mostly in the opponent’s zone and are primarily responsible for attempts on the opposing goal. The center assumes leadership responsibility for most such attempts, while the wings remain on the center’s left and right to be ready for passes. Working in collaboration, these three players work to set up shots and, ideally, score points for their team.