Mark is a life-long hockey fan, having become obsessed with the sport before he could walk, and has been cheering for the Vancouver Canucks for over three decades. He has a PhD from the University of Toronto, where his research was focused on sociocultural studies of sport and physical culture. He has taught at University of Toronto and Ryerson University, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at McMaster University. More information can be found at his academic website or follow him on Twitter.
Courtney is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Her PhD research focused on the connections between hockey, Canadian citizenship, and race. She also writes for her own blog, The Rabbit Hole, which provides critical commentary on any topic related to sport, physical activity and health. She has also contributed writing to Interrupt Magazine, BlogHer, Rabble, and Delirious Hem. In 2014, Courtney started a social media project called Offside Plays that seeks to expose everyday patterns of racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination in sport and physical activity. When not at the rink, she likes hiking, eating, and photography (not necessarily in that order). Courtney is also Past-President of the United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch.
Zuzana comes from Slovakia and she is a PhD student in sociology at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic – reuniting the former ice hockey empire, Czechoslovakia! Not only she is a big sports fan, moreover, in her academic work she focuses on the various identity processes sport highlights in society.
Vicky is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. She received her Master’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Brock University, and her thesis examined the lived experiences of Canadian Hockey League (CHL) players. Further research interests include sociocultural studies of the body, physical culture, exploitation of elite child athletes, and athlete rights. Although born in Canada, Vicky expresses herself as a Czech-Canadian. The cultural significance of hockey in each of these nations has ingrained the sport into the forefront of her life.
Shona is a passionate hockey fan that struggles with mental illness. A social work student at the University of Calgary Edmonton Extension, Shona believes in de-stigmatizing mental illness and looking at alternative methods of achieving and maintaining wellness. During hockey season, Shona spends most of her weekends at hockey games where she feels like her best self. Her hobbies include watching hockey, learning to skate, writing, and reading. She can be reached via Twitter at @sdh0809.
Alvin is an educator and guidance counsellor at a private high school, where he finds ways to apply his knowledge from his formal education (MSc in Exercise Sciences from the University of Toronto). Inspired by Timbits Hockey commercials from hockey broadcasts, Alvin asserts that the first goal in doing anything is having (or trying to have) fun.
Brett is a PhD student in Educational Studies at McGill University. His research examines how people can overcome barriers of masculinity, militarization, whiteness, and/or marketization to learn empathy for difference. He is a fan of the Vancouver Canucks and films from around the world. You can find him on Twitter.
Doo Jae Park is a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University in the US. His research interests encompass sociocultural studies in sport, particularly the intersection of race, racialism, masculinity, Whiteness, athlete activism, and power-relations. Doo Jae is originally from South Korea and has the first Master’s degree from Yonsei University, Seoul Korea, where his research focused on student-athletes’ career transition and their education as a social mobility. He is a coffee and beer enthusiast; loves taking walks and intentionally vegetating with his wife in the weekend.Doo Jae has seen himself as an ambassador of Korea on the ice because he is the only Asian player in the Midwestern United States. He is not a tall (5’5”) but has powerful skating, with which he can dominate the game!
Dr. Victoria Silverwood is a criminologist in Cardiff, Wales; her PhD thesis was based on several years of qualitative observation of professional ice hockey in the UK. Victoria has masters in Criminology (2009) and Social Science Research Methods (2010) both of which focussed on endorsement of violence in professional ice hockey. Victoria’s research interests span the subjects of crime, deviance, leisure, sport, masculinity and culture and she is currently in the process of publishing her thesis as an academic book and working on a non-academic book that focusses on the social, economic and political factors that influence fighting in hockey. You can view her profiles on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Academia.
Matt is a PhD Candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in the sociocultural studies of sport, health and the body program. He is a graduate of the Masters in Popular Culture program at Brock University. Matt conducts research that examines and challenges how sports are commonly portrayed in popular culture. He has written about the overlapping branding practices of sport and charitable organizations, the promotion and validation of traditional or “toxic” masculinities in and through sport cultures, and the role of broadly defined “performance-enhancing substances” (steroids, painkillers, food) in contemporary sport. Matt’s next frontier is to examine the sociological aspects of sport’s ongoing concussion “crisis.” This developing research seeks to put the cultural aspects of the concussion problem in conversation with the scientific or technological explanations that often dominate media debates about the issue.
Sunil Agnihotri, hockey analyst for CBC Edmonton (read Sunil’s past work here)
Simon Darnell, assistant professor at University of Toronto (read Simon’s past work here)
Cheryl MacDonald, postdoctoral research at St. Mary’s University (read Cheryl’s past work here)
E. Martin (Ted) Nolan, PhD student at York University and creative writer (read Ted’s past work here)