Hockey: The Whitest of Sports Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Hockey: The Whitest of Sports
A discussion of the racism present in Canada's national game of hockey.
# 128762 | 1,146 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper explores whether the perceived whiteness in hockey the result of racism, ignorance, or demographics. The paper discusses how Hockey was largely incongruous with Asian cultural values, but black and native cultures did embrace hockey. The paper argues that white historians and pundits either do not know which players are native or they do not care, but they specifically excluded any special recognition of natives in their writing of history. The paper contends that hockey historians need to embrace the fact that hockey is not a white man's game; it is a Canadian game, inclusive of all Canadians.

From the Paper:

".In the United States, hockey is sometimes the subject of light-hearted mockery about its being the "whitest of sports". Part of the reason is that it is true - few sports in North America have a higher percentage of white players. But the other part of the reason is that hockey's racial makeup often goes undocumented or consigned to the curiosity bin. Canadians celebrate that Jackie Robinson played in Montreal before breaking baseball's colour barrier, but few would recognize the name of Willie O'Ree. Fans are familiar with names like Bryan Trottier, Wade Redden and Sheldon Souray, but few could tell you that they are all Metis. This paper will explore the topic of race as it relates to Canada's national game. Is the perceived whiteness in hockey the result of racism, ignorance, or demographics?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brownell, Susan. (1995). "Training the Body for China" University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • Gruneau, Richard & Whitson, David (1993). "Hockey Night in Canada" Garamond Press, Toronto
  • Bellegarde, A.J. (2005). "Aboriginal Hockey" Backcheck: A Hockey Retrospective. Retrieved November 17, 2008 from
  • Beardsley, Doug. (2005). "Our Game: An All-Star Collection of Hockey Fiction" Raincoast Books, Vancouver.

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