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Ice hockey is a popular winter sport. It originated and remains popular in our coldest climates. Think Canada. Or, perhaps Sweden, Finland, and Norway. Even Russia. Those countries and the United States usually win medals at the annual world championships and the quadrennial Winter Olympics. Professional ice hockey leagues permeate almost every European country, including the Baltics.
In the United States, some children who grow up in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and the far reaches of northern New England learn to skate at the same time they learn to walk. It is one of the most challenging sports to play, played on ice at high speeds and requiring enormous hand-eye coordination, with no small amount of violence.