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 a PhD candidate in Communications at Simon Fraser University. Her current research is focused on 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. Courtney is a CanFitPro certified personal trainer and boot camp instructor. She enjoys the Canucks, hiking, eating, and photography (not necessarily in that order). Courtney is also Past-President of the United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch. In the hockey world, she is a natural right-winger, and reluctant centre with no need for a slap shot.
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 a Master’s student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s graduate department at the University of Toronto. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Political Science. His primary research interest deals with the politics of sports in the contexts of international relations, public policy, and popular culture. Alvin runs a blog which contains “rants about politics, sports, and the politics of sports” and possesses a diverse scope of passions outside of sports. Inspired by Timbits Hockey commercials from hockey broadcasts, Alvin asserts that the first goal in doing anything is having (or trying to have) fun.
Cheryl recently completed a PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis from Concordia University in Montreal. Trained as a sociologist, she also holds a Masters degree in Sociology from Concordia and an Honours degree in Sociology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. The winner of two Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada graduate scholarships and a nominee for both Best Doctoral Thesis and the Governor General’s Award at Concordia, Cheryl has set up shop as a postdoc at the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services where she will continue to add to her research dossier focused on gender, sexuality, and sport. Informed by a range of theories of gender identity, her research program makes a variety of enquiries into the roles of masculinity and heterosexuality in a male-dominated sport. Cheryl has taught in the Sociology and Anthropology department at Concordia, is a regular presenter at the biennial academic Hockey Conference, and she is an Ambassador for the You Can Play team, which encourages the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes in sport.
E Martin Nolan writes poetry and essays. He received his MA in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto in 2009. He’s a poetry and blog editor at The Puritan Magazine, where he is also staff reviewer. His essays and poems have appeared in The Barnstormer, The Toronto Review of Books, The Toronto Quarterly and Contemporary Verse 2. He teaches at the University of Toronto. You might know him as Ted.
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 entitled “Five for Fighting: The Culture and Practice of Legitimised Violence in Professional Ice Hockey” 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 (Read Sunil’s past work here)
Simon Darnell (Read Simon’s past work here)