Canada’s Game, Commodified

Matt Dusenbury

Ice is in our blood.
Through the years, hockey has helped define Canada. Like the countless lakes and rivers that carve the land just begging to be skated upon once frozen, the collective love for hockey connects Canadians. As the country has evolved, hockey has endured, seeping into the very core of the culture. The game is treasured. The countless Stanley Cups. The '72 Summit Series. The gold medals in Vancouver and Sochi. What happens on the ice is a point of national pride, along with names like Gretzky and Messier and Henderson and Crosby. So deeply engrained are hockey moments in Canadian lore that the game was, for years, emblazoned not just on sweaters and billboards but on our money, along with a passage from Roch Carrier's iconic short story, "The Hockey Sweater": "We lived i [...]
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