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Overcoming the Neutral Zone Trap

Hockey’s Agents of Change

edited by Cheryl A. MacDonald & Jonathon R.J. Edwards

contributions by Angie Abdou, Kieran Block, Cameron Braes, William Bridel, Judy Davidson, Catherine Houston, Chelsey H. Leahy, Roger G. LeBlanc, Fred Mason, Brock McGillis, Vicky Paraschak, Brett Pardy, Ann Pegoraro, Kyle A. Rich, Tavis Smith & Noah Underwood

afterword by Colin D. Howell

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
General, Hockey, Sociology of Sports
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Overcoming the Neutral Zone Trap challenges hockey’s norms, pushes its boundaries, and provides new ways of conceptualizing its role in North American culture. The editors of this engaging interdisciplinary collection use the metaphor of the neutral zone trap to explore the ways that hockey’s culture and structures work to exclude marginalized people. The book features both personal and scholarly accounts of agents of change—people, ideas, and events—that confront the challenges associated with making hockey a more inclusive space. By exposing assumptions about hockey culture, Overcoming the Neutral Zone Trap opens up critical discussions of previously underexplored topics as they relate to the women’s game, Indigenous participation, viable career pathways, masculine identities, hockey parents, mental health, and social media. This is a book for fans, players, organizers, and researchers alike.

Contributors: Angie Abdou, Kieran Block, Cam Braes, William Bridel, Judy Davidson, Jonathon R.J. Edwards, Catherine Houston, Colin D. Howell, Chelsey H. Leahy, Roger G. LeBlanc, Cheryl A. MacDonald, Fred Mason, Brock McGillis, Vicky Paraschak, Brett Pardy, Ann Pegoraro, Kyle A. Rich, Tavis Smith, Noah Underwood

About the authors

Cheryl A. MacDonald is a sport sociologist at the Saint Mary’s University Centre for the Study of Sport & Health.

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Jonathon R.J. Edwards is Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick.

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Angie Abdou began writing fiction in 2000 and has since published five books. Anything Boys Can Do was praised by the Times Colonist (British Columbia) for its original take on female sexuality. The Bone Cage, a novel about Olympic athletes, was the inaugural One Book, One Kootenay, as well as a 2011 Canada Reads finalist and the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year. The Canterbury Trail (Brindle & Glass, 2011), is a dark comedy specifically about mountain culture and more generally about community and our relationship with the environment. The Canterbury Trail was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book of the Year and won an IPPY (independent publishing award), Gold Medal for Canada West. Her fourth novel, Between (Arsenal Pulp Press), is about working mothers, foreign labour, and swingers' resorts. It was chosen as a best of 2014 by the Vancouver Sun, Prism Magazine, and 49th Shelf. Her latest book, What Remains (Arsenal Pulp Press), will be released in Fall 2017. Angie was born and raised in Moose Jaw, SK. She currently lives in the Crowsnest Pass area and works as a Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

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William Bridel's profile page

Judy Davidson's profile page

Catherine Houston's profile page

Colin D. Howell's profile page

Chelsey H. Leahy's profile page

Roger G. LeBlanc's profile page

Fred Mason's profile page

Brock McGillis' profile page

Vicky Paraschak's profile page

Brett Pardy's profile page

Ann Pegoraro's profile page

Kyle A. Rich's profile page

Tavis Smith's profile page

Noah Underwood's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Cheryl A. MacDonald: "I hope readers take away an understanding that a lot of people experience hockey differently than we might often think. I think that sometimes folks take for granted that hockey brings Canadians together and that Canadians all have the same experience through their participation in hockey..." Sean Hatchard, Times & Transcript, January 11, 2022

"While the collection skews academic, personal stories and interviews make the book appealing and accessible for casual readers, showcasing the inclusivity the book is championing..... Though it offers no easy answers, the book gives its agents of change a rare chance to break through the defence to their goal."

Alberta Views Magazine, May 2022

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