This exhilarating game is known in some parts of the world as "shinty."
The shinty fell bos, and our hero took to it for the highway to the north.
Hockey, hok′i, n. a game at ball played with a club or stick curved at one end, shinty.
Shinty was suited to a New Year's day; it kept the spirits up and the body warm.
It is supposed that their worships were under the impression that billiards was a new form of shinty.
Occasionally a shinty or "clubbing" match takes place on New Year's day.