A Brief History of Ice Hockey

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Ice Hockey
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Thomas Jurbala is a leading developer of senior housing facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada. Serving as the director of senior housing for the Calida Group, Mr. Jurbala leverages his extensive experience to find and manage acquisition and development projects. In his free time, Thomas Jurbala of Las Vegas enjoys playing ice hockey.

The most accepted history of ice hockey begins in the 1800s in Canada. Boys from King’s College School in Windsor created the game as a new form of hurley, a well-known field game.

During winter, the boys adapted hurley to be played on ice. Originally called ice hurley, the sport was soon adopted by Fort Edward soldiers and carried on to Halifax.

Over the decades, ice hurley became known as ice hockey. The first official games were played in the 1850s, but a set of rules for the sport was not established until the 1870s.

By 1880, Canada had established its first amateur hockey league, which helped the sport’s popularity grow throughout the country. By 1893, ice hockey had spread to the United States.

Hockey leagues and tournaments began cropping up throughout North America, and hockey organizations started forming in the early 1900s. Since then, ice hockey has grown into a wildly popular sport in countries all over the world.

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Chicago Bears Close in on New Running Backs Coach

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Curtis Modkins
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As the director of senior housing for the Calida Group, Thomas Jurbala of Las Vegas, Nevada, identifies and oversees development opportunities for memory care, nursing, and assisted living facilities. Outside of his career, Thomas Jurbala is a fan of the Chicago Bears NFL team.

According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, who revealed the news via Twitter, the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff is set to welcome Curtis Modkins, who will serve as the team’s running backs coach. Modkins was most recently the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Before his work in California, Modkins spent the 2013 to 2015 seasons as the running backs coach for the Detroit Lions.

Modkins has also worked on the coaching staff for the Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs. Before coaching in the NFL, Modkins worked multiple college coaching positions at his own alma mater, Texas Christian University, home of the Horned Frogs.

Modkins’ role in Chicago will primarily center around developing Jordan Howard, the star rookie who broke the team’s previous rookie rushing record during the 2016 season. Modkins replaces Stan Drayton, who left the team’s coaching staff to become the assistant head coach for the University of Texas.