Paper about Canadian identity and ice hockey
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08-08-2012, 03:11 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
On page 24, you contrast Don Cherry and others supporting a traditional Canadian hockey "dominant, war-like" spirit with a traditional stereotype of Canadians as modest, polite, and diplomatic. Yet these two things are not in conflict. The traditional view is that Canadians don't talk a big game or draw attention to ourselves. We just get it done on the ice. See Bobby Orr, Don Cherry's favourite hockey player. He was a very humble, unassuming man who just put his head down after he scored, but he was as tough as they come on the ice as well.
Your discussion about the conflicts between the business of modern NHL hockey and Canadian identity are spot on. NHL teams have, in the past few decades, tried to be public institutions where it benefitted them, and private organizations where it benefitted them. Always ready to appeal to civic pride for a government handout, and also ready to pull up and leave if they can make more money elsewhere. It's a disgrace and it isn't particularly Canadian either. The real Canadian hockey spirit is in the thousand of small rinks around the country, not in the ice palaces extorted from taxpayers by greedy billionaires and filled with corporate suits deducting their high ticket cost as a business expense.
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