Hockey Seen as a Religion Analytical Essay by Nicky

Hockey Seen as a Religion
Describes the cultural aspects of hockey in Canada as a religion.
# 146879 | 960 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 22, 2011 in Canadian Studies (Sports) , Canadian Studies (History, Culture) , Sport (General)

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This paper explains that by the dictionary definition of the term 'religion' as "a system of belief and extravagant admiration for an object of esteem that involves a code of ethics and a philosophy", hockey in Canada truly can be defined as a religion. Next, the author looks at the social customs and normal protocols surrounding the game. The paper jokingly provides job descriptions for the coach, star player and rookie to prove that this game is a religion.

From the Paper:

"Is that hockey...or what? No one can deny that Canadians love, admire, and believe in their hockey teams--at almost any level. Does hockey involve an object of esteem? That would be the players and their incredibly athletic, artistic performance on the ice night after night. Is there a code of ethics involved? Well, sort of. I mean there is one; it may not always be followed to the "T," but you can't say either the players or the game itself is not ethical. And, finally, does hockey have a "philosophy," which, again according to Merriam-Webster, means "the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009. 1 April 2009 <>.
  • Sibley, Robert. "Have Canadians substituted hockey for religion." 23 March 2009. The Ottawa Citizen. 1 April 2009 <>.
  • Tomesco, Frederic. "Canadiens Test Fans' Faith in City Where Hockey is Religion." 30 March 2009. 1 April 2009 <>.

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