$32.95, McGill-Queen’s Uni­ver­sity Press, 352 pgs, 6" x 9", pa­per­back

The Hockey News - - Buzz - – SAL BARRY

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.

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