Mark Norman

Mark Norman

Mark (@markdavidnorman) is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University. He is also a life-long hockey fan, and has been cheering for the Vancouver Canucks for over three decades. Mark has a PhD from the University of Toronto, specializing in Sociology of Sport, where he also taught an undergraduate course called Hockey in Canadian Society. More info can be found at his academic website.

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Courtney Szto


Courtney (@courtneyszto) 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. Her writing has appeared in outlets such as 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 Botikova

Zuzana Botikova

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.


Shona Hickmore

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 Ma

Alvin MaAlvin 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 Pardy

BrettBrett (@AntiqueiPod) is a PhD Candidate at McGill University and a sessional instructor in Media Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. His research studies the emotional impacts of media on learning/unlearning about individualism, racism, masculinity, and/or mental health. He is a fan of the Vancouver Canucks and films from around the world. You can find him on Twitter.

Victoria Silverwood

Victoria Silverwood

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 Ventresca

Matt Ventresca

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.


Barbara Ravel


Barbara Ravel (@BarbaraRavel1), PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality issues in sport. She is a former hockey player and represented France on the international stage in the late 1990s. She once shared the ice with Jayna Hefford, Vicky Sunohara, and the rest of the Brampton Thunder and lived to tell the tale.

Barbara Ravel, PhD, est professeure agrégée à l’École des sciences de l’activité physique de l’Université Laurentienne. Sa recherche porte sur les questions de genre et sexualité en sport. Elle est une ancienne joueuse de hockey et a fait partie de l’Équipe de France à la fin des années 1990. Elle a aussi joué une partie contre Jayna Hefford, Vicky Sunohara et le Thunder de Brampton et a survécu à cette expérience.

Past Contributors

Sunil Agnihotri, hockey analyst for CBC Edmonton (read Sunil’s contributions here)

Simon Darnell, assistant professor at University of Toronto (read Simon’s contributions here)

Vicky Grygar,  law clerk (read Vicky’s contributions here)

Cheryl MacDonald, postdoctoral researcher at St. Mary’s University (read Cheryl’s contributions here)

E. Martin (Ted) Nolan, PhD student at York University and creative writer (read Ted’s contributions here)

Doo Jae Park, PhD student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (read Doo Jae’s contributions here)