This means that skates are important not only in hockey though, but their also used in figure skating, speed skating and many new advancements of roller skates; such as roller blading.
The oldest pair of skates known was found at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland in about 3000 B.C. These skates that were found were made from the bones of whales, reindeer, deer, or caribou. These bones were also taken from ribs and even jaws of the animals. Holes were made at each end of the bone so leather straps from the guts of the animals, which the bones were from. These leather straps attached to your shoe or boot. The making of skates were because man needed to get over the ice quicker for transportation, hunting, and avoiding wars and fires to move quicker. Now this is just an idea of what the skates looked like back then but at the years past skates advanced for one reason or another.
Around the 14th century, the Dutch started using wooden platform skates with flat iron bottom runners. Poles were used to help propel the skates. Near the 1500's, the Dutch added a narrow metal double edged blade, taking away the need for poles, because the skater could now push and glide with their feet. In 1848, E.V.