Here is an article from New York in 1887. We see in this article gangs of kids in New York playing street hockey.
Here is another American newspaper out of Montana in 1892, that states hockey as being “the famous English game”.
Here is an article from 1886 describing hockey as an old juvenile game. We now see the upper class in New York playing the game. They were playing games with both men and women on teams. This might actually be the first female hockey fight ever recorded.
Here is a great article describing the growth of hockey in North America. Teams from Montreal went to a winter carnival in Vermont to challenge newly formed teams that had never played a competitive game.
The Anaconda Standard in 1893 published an article “Hockey on Ice”. We see in the first few sentences the author states the game is English in origin. Anaconda Standard 1893