THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT: HOCKEY IN QUEBEC
$32.95, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 352 pgs, 6" x 9", paperback
How does language and culture influence sport’s place and portrayal in a given society? In The Same But Different, the complex topic of hockey’s representation in Quebec is explored over 10 essays, written by Anglo- and French-Canadian authors. Early chapters focus on the sport’s growth in the province. One essay recounts the Depression Hockey League (1932-1960), a Montreal-based amateur league that raised money for charity while also striving to serve as a model of masculinity and family values. The latter essays discuss more recent subjects, like the Quebec Nordiques’ policy to use only French during games and how that affected unilingual Englishspeaking players. This is not a typical bedtime-reading hockey history book, though it will appeal to the academic side of fans.