Friday, October 12, 2012

1963-1964 - We say this is Floorball in the USA

Minnesota Historical Society has cleared some interesting material to be released on this blog.

We have two documents that we would like to post in full flavor. One is however on several pages. For now we will just start with two Floorball picture from the 1963-1964 era.

This is from 1964, perhaps taken in 1963 and it was the then current offer of sticks, balls and pucks. It is interesting to note that there were no straight "ice hockey inspired" sticks in the early offers from Cosom and that sticks were color coded already at this time. One source claim that the first game was played in 1962. However as we asked Phil Carlson about this, he did not dare to confirm this from his own memory. In case it was 1962 - then we sit on a 50 year jubilee for Floorball - NOW. Floorballcentral wonder if we will be the only place that will celebrate Floorball 50 years - before this year comes to an end? What about you? Do you think it is worth to celebrate?
This marketing image is most likely taken in Battle Creek, MI. It is from marketing material by
Cosom Corporation released,1964. If this is not Floorball then we might have to eat our own hat - or something, ;-)

full credit to the collection and Minnesota Historical Society
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!