Modern ice hockey with a puck was formed as sport in Canada. At first it was played with a heavy ball called a "shinny". "British soldiers played shinny in the port of Kingston in 1843" – an inscription in Kingston’s Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1879 W.F. Robertson formulated the rules for hockey, for the first time suggesting the use of a rubber puck. In 1885 the Amateur Hockey Association was formed in Montreal.
In 1893 Governor-General of Canada Fredrick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston presented a silver vase as transitional gift for "The Best Hockey Team of the Dominion". The first winner of the Stanley Cup was Canada’s Champions, the hockey club "Montreal AAA".
In 1920 the first World Championship was fought for by North Americans and Europeans. With an overwhelming majority, the Canadians took the title. An even greater superiority was achieved in the second World Championship in 1924, which was also the first Olympic tournament.
In recent years, there has been a steady increase to the addition of women’s teams to competitions. This type of event was added to the 1998 program of Winter Olympic Games in Nagano.
The development of ice hockey in Astana is closely connected with the appearance of new sports arenas. In March 2002, Astana was gifted with the Sports Palace “Kazakhstan”. In the same year the capital has seen an opening of the Youth Sports School in team sports under the guidance of the Department of Education of Astana, which was later transformed into Hockey Club “Barys”. With the advent of a professional hockey team “Barys”, competing in the Continental Hockey League, the popularity of the sport skyrocketed. With the construction of new sports facilities in preparation for the 7th Asian Winter Games, Astana has received a sufficient number of quality ice arenas necessary for a complete training process for children of all ages. Ice Palace “Alau” is fitted with a standard hockey court (61x30m) that meets every criterion for hosting official matches.
Athletes visiting the Ice Palace are greeted with full amenities necessary for a comfortable exercise: changing rooms that meet their needs, close parking and a café.
Parents visiting the Palace with their children are welcomed to a wide range of services which allow them to spend their time in an interesting and beneficial way.
We also offer you the chance to make full use of our fitness facilities, SPA salon and to visit our sports equipment store.
The preparation of young hockey players is guided by trainers from Hockey Club "Barys". If you have any questions about enlisting your child into a sports section, please contact Hockey Club "Barys" on 34-34-59 and 59-27-14