Your Unauthorized Guide to the Golden Age of National Lampoon Magazine

83. Origin of Ice Hockey

March 3, 2004

Q: Mark, (if that is your real name), while leafing through some foggy brain cells that are scattered on the basement floor of my parents house, I recalled an article about the origin of ice hockey. Something about how it was a favorite pastime of slaves in the hot days of summer in the master’s icehouse. Any clue as to what issue this story is from?

A: Well, of course it’s my real name. Why would you think otherwise? Anyway, several people chimed in on this one, but Carol nails it: “Soul on Ice:the Untold story of the Negro Hockey League” by Tony Kisch, in the December 1988 (Playboy Wars) issue.


I think it was called "Soul on Ice". Draw a complete blank on which issue. I'll get back to you later.


March 10, 2004 10:23 pm

I don't in which issue it appeared but I believe the title was History of the Negro Hockey Leagues. I remember the blacks playing in an ice house and chasing a mouse as a puck. It was a parody on the old Negro Baseball leagues.


March 21, 2004 1:57 pm

This appeared sometime between 1983 and 1987, and was entitles "Soul on Ice: a brief hostoru of the Negro Hockey League."


August 26, 2004 3:40 pm

This is the coolest thing ever. In my Marine Corps days, two freinds and myself had t-shirts made of the main characters, Little Willie Littlesmall, Reaper Dixon and Pidge Kennan, stars of the East Cisero Neckbones. I would love to get a copy of that article. Anyone who has it please email me

—Brian Villeneuve

February 8, 2005 2:58 pm

I found it! 'Soul on Ice:the Untold story of the Negro Hockey League' by Tony Kisch, in the Dec 89 'Playboy Wars' issue of NL.

—Carol Wood

September 26, 2006 11:54 pm

"Soul on Ice" did appear in the "Playboy Wars" issue, but that issue is dated December 1988.

—John F.

March 5, 2010 4:01 pm

Oops! It's fixed now. Thanks for spotting that.


March 5, 2010 4:36 pm

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