Hockey and multiculturalism are often noted as defining features of Canadian culture; yet, rarely are
we forced to question the relationship and tensions between these two social constructs. This book
examines the growing significance of hockey in Canada’s South Asian communities. The Hockey
Night in Canada Punjabi broadcast serves as an entry point for a broader consideration of South
Asian experiences in hockey culture based on field work and interviews conducted with hockey
players, parents, and coaches in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. This book seeks to inject
more “color” into hockey’s historically white dominated narratives and representations by returning
hockey culture to its multicultural roots. It encourages alternative and multiple narratives about
hockey and cultural citizenship by asking which citizens are able to contribute to the webs of
meaning that form the nation’s cultural fabric.
COURTNEY SZTO is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at at
Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
of Canada (SSHRC) funded researcher whose work broadly explores the relationship between
physical cultures and intersectional justice.
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