American Hockey Summary

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In the article about the Canadian hockey player problem in American collegiate sport during the 1950s to 1980s, Andrew C. Holman discusses the problems with basing a countries sense of identity on sports, in this case hockey. During the discussed period both Canadians and Americans based some portion of how they identify themselves in their culture on Hockey. Canadians saw the ‘Americanization’ of hockey as a direct attack on Canadian identity, meanwhile Americans where disturbed at the ‘Canadianization’ of the same sport. Holman relates that both the United States and Canada had similar objections to the migration of Canadian born talent. Both were afraid of the changes in player development and the leagues that were effected. Canadian identity was already feeling threatened by ‘Americanization’ of TV, music, and print. The addition of Canadian players choosing to play in the United States instead of remaining where they were raised and trained made it seem like Canadians were willingly giving up their identity to the United States. American coaches seemed to unfairly take players out of the armature leagues in Canada, and in the…show more content…
The infestation of Canadian-born players were stopping American players from participating and were imposing a Canadian version of the game. The author points out that the new “Canadianized” version of American hockey was more entertaining and made collegiate hockey more popular in the general public, this caused colleges to put more stress on coaches to win more games and the easiest way for them to do that was by getting more Canadians. Holman explains that during this period all American collegiate sports were undergoing a transition to a more commercialised form of college athletics and that the Canadian-born players were an easy target to blame for the change in American amateur

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