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.
After the King decides not to return from the crusades, a new King must be chosen. Twin brothers Prince Arthur and Prince Percy contest the throne; the Prince who is purest of heart will be able to draw the sword from the stone and become the rightful King. Percy however, tricks Merlin into casting a spell to make his heart purest, ascends the throne and sets about banning fun in the kingdom and attempting to summon an army to protect him. Unfortunately, he summons Falstaff (a clumsy conceited knight), Sleeping Beauty (who spends most of her days dozing), Robin Hood and Peter Pan (who embarrassingly have turned up wearing the same outfit). Robin, Peter and Beauty join Arthur's quest to reinstate fun to the Kingdom and help him to take his place as the rightful King, in return for being sent back to their own Pantomimes.'King Arthur and the Knights of the Pantomime Table' is a fast paced verbal comedy Pantomime for all ages. The script book contains the full script, performance licence for amateur dramatic organisations and full properties list.
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