The Meaning of Puck
Hockey is more than a game. It's more than a way of life. In Canada, it's a portrait
of who we are.
It's a window into our very soul.
In The Meaning of Puck, bestselling author Bruce Dowbiggin takes a peek into that
window and -
frankly - it's not always such a pretty picture. Viewed through the prism of
Dowbiggin argues, a land of compelling and surprising - even ugly and embarrassing
In a series of essays that is a road trip across the nation's cultural landscape,
he shows how the
national passion of hockey reflects - or deflects - the issues of globalization,
Americanism, militarism, violence, racism and greed.
Why are Canadians, for instance, such strenuous advocates of pacifism and non-militarism
the world while simultaneously embracing - and promoting - the world's most
brand of hockey? It's not the Americans who popularize violence in hockey. It's
Dowbiggin comes to terms with the absurd hero worship of The Great One. Or why Canadians
smugly spoof American ignorance while making a cultural icon of Don Cherry.
Is it because
nation without rules or standards he still stands for something, however distasteful?
The Meaning of Puck is a funny, acidic, irreverent, argumentative and often infuriating
thought-provoking look into the fabric of a nation straining to keep old traditions
incorporate new national myths.