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Hockey can trace its roots to the frozen freshwater lakes and ponds of North America and Europe.
The ability to skate and play the game outdoors is a critical component of the NHL's history and culture. Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect future opportunities for hockey players of all ages to take the game outside. This is why the NHL is committed to improving hockey's environmental impact - and to helping catalyze a larger movement toward a healthier planet.