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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
Nov 2021
General, Sociology of Sports, Hockey
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This engaging interdisciplinary collection seeks to shed light on narratives and research that challenge hockey’s norms, push its boundaries, and provide new ways of conceptualizing its role in North American culture. The volume’s editors use the metaphor of the neutral zone trap to explore how traditional ideologies and practices within the sport have contributed to exclusion and the misperception of various ways of existing in its community. The book includes both personal and scholarly accounts of agents of change—people, ideas, and events—that confront the challenges associated with making hockey a more progressive space. By peeling back assumptions and common understandings of 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. Fans and experts alike will find much in these pages to deepen their understanding of hockey’s social implications.

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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