Recently discovered evidence suggests that the modern version of hockey was invented in England, instead of the popularlyÂ held belief that the sport's official birthplace is Canada, according to the book "On the Origin of Hockey." The controversial tome was written by Jean-Patrice Martel, Patrick Houda and Carl Giden.
The origin of hockey has been widely disputed throughout history. Documents have substantiated several claims that various forms of hockey were once played in Egypt, Ethiopia, Ancient Rome, Greece and the South American region. Martel, president of the Society of International Hockey Research, revealed that the results of their study were partly based on a letter by the English naturalist Charles Darwin to his son, saying he had grown fond of playing "hocky" during his school days.