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 two 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 and worked as a researcher at University of Toronto and Ryerson University. His research has been published the Sociology of Sport Journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, and Journal of Sport & Social Issues. More information can be found at his academic website or follow him on Twitter here.
Sunil is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Communications and Technology Master’s program. His research focused on online communities, information management and communication technology. His final project used sociocultural theories and concepts to examine the blogging activity of hockey fans. When not cursing the state of his beloved Edmonton Oilers, Sunil runs SuperFan 2.0, a blog that explores the relationship between hockey fans, information and communication technology (ICTs) and new media.
Simon is a Canadian living in the UK who is still surprised that there is never any (ice) hockey coverage in The Guardian. His research interests include international development, race and racism, sports policy, sports mega-events, global citizenship, sports media and political activism.
His personal interests include sad and angry music, the Boston Red Sox, science fiction, ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,’ newspapers, politics, stand-up comedy, movies with competent actors, cooking, and coffee. Lots of coffee. He dislikes happy music, fair weather fans, Canucks ‘die-hards’ who’ve never heard of Stan Smyl, bad uniforms, Mike Milbury, and the films of Sandra Bullock. Oh, and his PB over 5k currently stands at 22:13.
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 engrained the sport into the forefront of her life.
Heather is a PhD student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. She previously spent six years at Wilfrid Laurier University, splitting her time between academics in the Kinesiology and Physical Education Department, coaching in the community and running a dance class and intramural hockey on campus. Her research interests include the Canadian hockey parent culture, families and outdoor recreation, coaching and teaching in physical education.
Although sidelined for the last year after taking a slap shot to the head during a hockey game, Heather s to get back in the net and into coaching once again. She secretly hopes that her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario gets an NHL team in the future. She is on Twitter and on LinkedIn.
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.
Kyle’s research is devoted to the sociological study of punishment and penal control. His PhD dissertation explores the evolution of criminal justice policy in Canada with specific attention to the ways in which distinct and culturally embedded characteristics of individual nations are decisive in the shape and impact of penal policies. He has also taken an interest in the doping phenomenon, examining the consumption and regulation of human enhancement drugs, and in particular the trend towards zero-tolerance. Kyle holds a MA in the Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain, and a BA (Honours) in Criminology and Justice from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada. He is currently a Ph.D. Fellow with the Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, an Erasmus Mundus program of the European Union. He can be found on Twitter and his website Human Enhancement Drugs.
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.
Doo Jae Park
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!
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.
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.
Matt was raised on the Maple Leafs and Canadian rock radio; lately, he puts most of his energies behind the Blue Jays and continuing to cultivate his eclectic musical tastes ranging from blues to jazz to old-time country (although he has never truly escaped his love for the Leafs and 90s Can-Rock).