Book details

Publication date: October 2021
Features: 5 diagrams, afterword, references, footnotes
Keywords: barriers; inclusivity; hockey parents; gender and sexuality; Indigeneity, career pathways; NHL; USPORT; feeder system; violence; professional hockey; men’s hockey; women’s hockey; sledge hockey; Canada; United States; mental health; Karl Subban
Subject(s): SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Social Sciences, Sport Studies, Social Sciences, Race & Racism, Sociology, Race & Racism, Gender & Sexuality, Masculinity Studies, SPORTS & RECREATION / Hockey, SPORTS & RECREATION / Cultural & Social Aspects, Society and Social Sciences / Sociology: sport and leisure, Sports and Active outdoor recreation / Winter Sports / Ice Hockey, Social discrimination and equal treatment, Sociology, Sports & Recreation, barriers; inclusivity; hockey parents; gender and sexuality; Indigeneity, career pathways; NHL; USPORT; feeder system; violence; professional hockey; men’s hockey; women’s hockey; sledge hockey; Canada; United States; mental health; Karl Subban, Sociology / Inclusiveness / Hockey, Social Sciences
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Cheryl A. MacDonald. Cheryl A. MacDonald is a sport sociologist at the Saint Mary’s University Centre for the Study of Sport & Health.

Jonathon R.J. Edwards. Jonathon R.J. Edwards is Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick.

Angie Abdou.

Kieran Block.

Cameron Braes.

William Bridel.

Judy Davidson.

Catherine Houston.

Colin D. Howell.

Chelsey H. Leahy.

Roger G. LeBlanc.

Fred Mason.

Brock McGillis.

Vicky Paraschak.

Brett Pardy.

Ann Pegoraro.

Kyle A. Rich.

Tavis Smith.

Noah Underwood.

Cheryl A. MacDonald: "I hope readers take away an understanding that a lot of people experience hockey differently than we might often think. I think that sometimes folks take for granted that hockey brings Canadians together and that Canadians all have the same experience through their participation in hockey..." Sean Hatchard, Times & Transcript, January 11, 2022

"While the collection skews academic, personal stories and interviews make the book appealing and accessible for casual readers, showcasing the inclusivity the book is championing..... Though it offers no easy answers, the book gives its agents of change a rare chance to break through the defence to their goal."

Bruce Cinnamon, Alberta Views Magazine, May 2022

“Overcoming the Neutral Zone Trap offers a fresh look at traditional topics—the men’s game, professional hockey, the feeder system, specialized training, and violence—and opens up discussion on topics previously underexplored—the women’s game, new and social media, Indigenous hockey culture, mental health and mental illness, USports, sledge hockey, and hockey and sexuality.” Marty Clark, Assistant Professor, Mount Royal University

“Overcoming the Neutral Zone Trap will open dialogues and allow hockey aficionados and academics alike to probe their understanding of the social implications of hockey in Canada.” David Telles-Langdon, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health, University of Winnipeg

Cheryl A. MacDonald and Jonathon R.J. Edwards


I Challenging Hockey’s Norms
1 The Forgotten Canadian League: The Voices of U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Players and the Legitimacy of University Hockey in Canada
Cameron Braes and Jonathon R.J. Edwards

2 Karl Subban & Me: The Parents Take on Hockey Culture
Angie Abdou

3 “I want justice and more”: Loreto, Carcillo, and Dominant Narratives of Hockey Culture on Twitter
Catherine Houston, Kyle Rich, Tavis Smith, and Ann Pegoraro

4 Hockey Talks: Mental Health Faces off against the “Green Lantern” Mentality
Brett Pardy

II Access and Support
5 “We have to work for it. For everything. Absolutely everything.”: An Examination of the Gendered Structure of Ice Hockey in U SPORTS
Chelsey Leahy

6 #BeBoldForChange: The 2017 US Women’s National Hockey Team Player Boycott, Twitter, and (Neo)Liberal Feminism
Noah Underwood and Judy Davidson

7 Desirable Disability: My Journey from Upright Hockey to Sledge Hockey, and Back Again
Kieran Block with Cheryl A. MacDonald

8 Skating toward Reconciliation: A “Survivance” History of Indigenous Peoples in Hockey in Canada
Vicky Paraschak

III Masculinity and Sexuality
9 Uncovering the Conspiracy of Silence of Gay Hockey Players in the NHL
Roger G. LeBlanc

10 “I never thought I’d get here, I thought I’d be dead.”: An In-depth Interview with an Openly Gay Former Professional Ice Hockey Player
Cheryl A. MacDonald and Brock McGillis

11 “What do you mean you don’t play hockey…you a queer or somethin’?”: Reflections on Life as a Non-Hockey Playing Canadian Boy
William Bridel

12 The Tragedy of the Enforcer in Lynn Coady’s The Antagonist and Jeff Lemire’s Roughneck
Fred Mason

Colin D. Howell

ISBNs: 9781772125795 978-1-77212-579-5 Title: overcoming the neutral zone trap ISBNs: 9781772125887 978-1-77212-588-7 Title: overcoming the neutral zone trap ISBNs: 9781772125894 978-1-77212-589-4 Title: overcoming the neutral zone trap