Hockey at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

This year at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), amidst the star-laden Hollywood premieres and films from 74 countries, two (unsurprisingly Canadian) films debuted that use hockey as a lens to examine larger social issues. Indian Horse (directed by Stephen Campanelli): The powerful story from wonderful novel (reviewed by Mark Norman here) reaches the screen largely…

Book Review: “Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese (2012)

Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse (2012; Douglas & McIntyre) is a harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting, novel that explores the impact of Canadian residential schools on generations of Aboriginal Canadians.Why, then, is it being reviewed on a hockey blog? Although not necessarily a novel about hockey, Indian Horse centrally features hockey, and offers important insights about the…

Summer Reads: The hockey edition

Summer is just around the corner which means you need some fun reading to enjoy while basking in the sun or travelling on a plane. Here is a list of 10 hockey books that may pique your interest. I have tried to pull from titles that were released in late 2015 through to ones that…

Things We Don’t Talk About: Residential Schools and hockey

Indian Residential Schools are a dark part of Canada’s history; it is a fact that we would probably prefer be swept under the rug.  The history of American slavery continues to be part of everyday vernacular (whether popular or not), yet residential schools and Canadian settlement really aren’t talked about. It wasn’t something that I learned about…

Weekly Links: Mi’Kmaq documentary on hockey; Rebecca Russell first female coach of men’s provincial team; GTHL xenophobia? and more.

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Who invented hockey? A new documentary is trying to make the case that the Mi’Kmaq (Canadian First Nations group) were the first to play hockey as we know it. [Global News] Tyler Boston talks about the difficulties of trying…