Distinguished Professorial Lecture
Sluggers, Squealers, and “Stalwart Sons”: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Hockey Violence
Professor Stacy Lorenz
Since the beginnings of modern hockey in the late 19th century, violence has been accepted as “just part of the game.” Hard checking, slashing, and “slugging” have always been regarded as key elements of high-quality and exciting hockey. The sport’s meanings have also been closely connected with cultural constructions of masculinity. Players have been expected to “take their taps like men,” with no complaining – or “squealing” – about rough play. Because hockey has produced the strong, “stalwart sons” of a “manly nation,” violent acts have been tolerated and encouraged for more than a century. For example, when players were killed in stick attacks in 1905 and 1907, their deaths were rationalized as unfortunate accidents – and as a reasonable price to pay for the forging of hardy Canadian manhood. The justifications for violence that were articulated in these earlier periods are also the same explanations that are used to defend and support roughness and physicality in hockey today. This presentation will examine the deep roots of violence in North American hockey, and demonstrate the relevance of this history for contemporary debates around fighting, concussions, and head injuries. The sport is still seen as “a man’s game,” and that is why it is so difficult to change the harmful aspects of hockey culture.
Wednesday, October 24
Mayer Family Community Hall, Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
Refreshments will be provided
Please register with Deb at email@example.com or 780.679.1626
Distinguished Professorial Lectures are one of the most wonderful traditions that we have at Augustana! These lectures are an opportunity for our entire community to hear about the exciting work that some of our most talented faculty are doing as well as an opportunity to celebrate faculty members recently promoted to the rank of full professor. Be on the lookout for one more Professorial Lecture this year in March!