It is believed that street hockey began when roads began getting paved in wealthier parts of North America around the turn of the 20th century. The term street hockey was coined in Canada around that time. People would literally play the game out in the street.
As children and teenagers, almost all ice hockey players work on their skills by playing street hockey, often alone in driveways or out in the street in front of their houses. Throughout the history of organized hockey, many professional ice hockey players participated in various promotional street hockey games and charity events. Since not every ice hockey player can be on the ice at all times, the vast majority play some form of street hockey, either for pure enjoyment or to better their overall hockey skills, or both.
It was in the early 1970s when Raymond W. Leclerc, founder of the Mylec Corporation, along with several prominent players in the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada, established rules for the more organized form of the game. These rules were quickly adopted by most leagues in the area and then eventually spread throughout the US and Canada by means of a printed rulebook.
After a few years of experimenting with all the dynamics, Mr. Leclerc built a model site in 1974 to play and advance the game in Leominster, Massachusetts. The site, Leominster DekHockey Center, has 3 outdoor rinks, all with modular sport court surfaces and is informally known as the “Home of Dekhockey.” Organized street hockey caught on with leagues and tournaments forming in Toronto, Montreal, Ontario, New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The game then spread South and West as the Northeast USA players relocated to different areas of the United States and Canadian players moved outside of the Ontario and Quebec provinces.
Street hockey became a competitive international sport, and the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) was founded in 1993. The ISBHF is the official governing body of the sport.