This volume examines the cultural meanings of high-level amateur and professional hockey in Canada during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, the author analyzes English Canadian media narratives of Stanley Cup "challenge" games and championship series between 1896 and 1907. Newspaper coverage and telegraph reconstructions of Stanley Cup challenges contributed significantly to the growth of a mediated Canadian "hockey world" - and a broader "world of sport" - during this time period. By 1903, Stanley Cup hockey games had become national Canadian events, followed by audiences across the country. Hockey also played an important role in the construction of gender and class identities, and in debates about amateurism, professionalism, and community representation in sport.
The author also explores the connections between violence and masculinity in Canadian hockey by examining media descriptions of "brutal" and "strenuous" play. He analyzes how notions of civic identity changed as hockey clubs evolved from amateur teams represented by players who were members of their home community to professional aggregations that included paid imports from outside the town. As a result, this volume addresses important gaps in the study of sport history and the analysis of sport and popular culture.
This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.
Many times we are at a lost when we see acts of hatred. There are times when we stop to wonder where it ever came from, other times we just think that people were born hateful but I believe that hate is a choice. It is within all of us to love all man and be at peace with all as much as it is possible but there comes a point a line when our experiences forces us to make a choice between love and hate. I have seen many people cross the thin line from love to hate and I have seen the destruction. I hope you will find your self with enough love that you will never cross the line.
Playing a sport is good exercise and fun, but being part of a team is more fun for everyone when you know the rules of the game and how to be a good sport. Hockey is a popular team sport in North America and Europe. In this book, readers learn the history of the game and the role of various positions on the ice.
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