Sam Jacks


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Sam Jacks (April 23, 1915 - 1975) is the Canadian inventor of the sport of ringette and floor hockey. Each year, Jacks' wife, Agnes, continued to be a strong supporter of the sport, attending Provincial Championships in many of the Provinces and, of course, the Canadian Ringette Championships each April until she died in April 2005

Ringette is a Canadian sport game which was first introduced in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by Sam Jacks, who worked at the Department of Parks and Recreation. The first-ever ringette game was played in Espanola, Ontario in the winter of 1963-1964. Developed originally for girls, ringette is a fast-paced team sport played on an ice rink in which players use a straight stick to pass, carry, and shoot a rubber ring to score goals. Sam Jacks also invented floor hockey.