Eric Walters’ novel, Power Play, illustrates hockey culture in an evolving fashion. Power Play tells the climactic story of Cody, a bold and determined boy struggling with the downfalls that come with advancing in his hockey career. Cody’s prosperity in being drafted to a Junior A team seems to be an incredible blessing for him; He would be in another city, away from his drunk of a father, he would be taking the next step towards his dream, playing in the NHL, the Show, and he would be doing it all with his new Coach that discovered and mentored him and offered to bring him to success, Coach Connors. However, Coach Connors begins to manipulate, repeatedly sexually abuse and threaten Cody, which forces Cody to spiral downwards into deep depression …show more content…
As stated, Power Play illustrates hockey culture in an evolving fashion. Cody’s views on hockey change from the sport being considered a blissful break from school and his home, in which he could work hard for the most predominant focus in his life, being in the Show, to then considering it as the bane of his existence. Although he is a fictional character, Cody acts as a representation of the young Canadian hockey players that, in reality, were molested by their coach. As a result of Cody’s aforementioned changing views and the abuse in Power Play having been based on true occurrences, hockey culture is represented in both positive and negative perspectives, as a therapeutic and goal-oriented lifestyle and as a vile and unbearable prison. At the beginning of the novel, hockey seems to be the most positive influence in Cody’s life. …show more content…
The book’s evolving opinion about hockey might be interpreted as a tool for the public to read and perhaps comprehend the negative reality that occurs in and outside of the story. Cody’s outlooks on hockey develop from positive, to negative, and then, again, to positive. At first, Cody loves hockey; it makes him happy, dedicated, hardworking and is a positive outlet leading him to a bright future. When Cody begins playing for Coach Connors’ team, the abuse begins and his love for hockey is replaced with alcohol abuse, suicidal thoughts, and misery. His positive view of hockey come to be negative because of the effects of Connors’ abuse that he, in the words of Theo Fleury, young hockey player abused by Graham James, “did not have the emotional skills, the knowledge, or the ability to stop [it].” (Globe and Mail) Once Cody comes forward about the abuse and the public’s interest has lessened, he realizes that hockey was not the source of his pain, Connors was, and now that Connors was gone, he could go back to loving hockey the way he always did, without abuse, alcohol and misery clouding his judgment. In Power Play, as hockey is Cody’s whole life, it is his greatest strength as well as his greatest weakness which is why hockey culture is illustrated by both positive and negative
In his article“ Should Bodychecking Be Banned?”, Kolby Solinsky insists the justification of bodychecking in sports. The author argues about the idea of Canadian Association, which prohibit bodychecking in the House Leagues. According to his personal experience, Solinsky indicates that he was fond of bodychecking in spite of his lack of physical qualification in his house league; moreover, Solinsky mentions bodychecking in terms of a way to improve himself saying “I wouldn’t have been a real hockey player without contact-without hitting and beng hit.” Additionally, the author addresses the implication of body checking in case that it would be prohibited to prospective youth player. He proposes that these children will always feel cheated
"It's not just the desire to play with better players, it's also the desire to play 'real' hockey, to feel what it's like to throw a hip check and have a guy cartwheel over you," said Peter Hoag, who coached in the George Bell Hockey Association. "As an adolescent male, you want to do that. You are not hitting to hurt someone, but you want to do it. It's the same reason you play rugby or football." In examples of leagues, Windsor Minor Hockey Association is fighting relentlessly to keep bodychecking within their rules.
Why all the Blue Jackets injuries.” The title, a pun for the whole article itself, summarizes the article. Having a witty title leaves a lasting impression with an audience. It helps the author get to the main point in a way that interests or makes the reader pose questions before they even read the article. Considering the close link between hockey and golf, this article compares the curse of Leatherlips on Muirfield Golf Club to the fifteen year bad luck streak of the Blue Jackets.
“We are extremely competitive,” explained Erin, a great hockey player and leader, “But we are a family. That is my favorite part of Philadelphia Power Play.” Philadelphia Power Play is an organization that provides a community based hockey environment for people who use power wheelchairs in their daily lives. The Philadelphia Power Play invites all people from anywhere in Pennsylvania to play hockey several times a year. People come from all over Pennsylvania, some from 4 hours or more away.
In this riveting story about two friends doing what they love. They experience loss and redemption to get themselves out of many situations. Finnie along with many others suffer many great losses. One thing many people admire about Finnie is his ability to redeem himself and turn a bad situation into a good one. Loss is often viewed as a bad thing, it can lead to many sad/scary feelings and emotions.
As debates around fighting in the NHL circumnavigate, one thing is for sure, hockey has had a major history of fighting, and that draws fans. To showing that fights are safer, building momentum, and a sort of self officiating, there is only one correct answer in this debate for this special and idiosyncratic sport, and it is to keep the fights. Fighting should be kept in hockey because they aren 't as dangerous as the alternatives. Fighting in hockey keeps lowers the chance of injuries.
A Tormented Soul outlines former Steelers center Mike Webster. Webster played football in his youth and later realized the serious repercussions that his passion had on his health. Webster's choice to play football, unbeknownst to him at the time, would have serious impacts on his health and if he would have know the effects earlier, perhaps he would have made a different decision. I am reluctant to say this, but I think it was worth it. I know it is uncouth to reference an outside source, but I think it plays in very well to this topic.
The book highlights the good and the bad of the sport. For someone who may not be too interested in it, or just has to read it for a history class, he made it entertaining. Giving not only a history lesson on the sport but just as much on the working class of America and the emerging commercialized leisure’s and shifting social classes in the nineteenth century. Gorn is able to interweave social and political issues of the times all told with characters as colorful and wild as the early days of this country. Men crave the order of violence with rules and attach elevated importance to such contests in part because so much of life is entirely unjust and oppressive.
The impact a community may have on younger generations is overlooked. Bissinger enhances his rhetoric by incorporating the inequity of the sport, and how any event can prove that life is not always fair to encourage the audience's views on it’s dangers to shift. He urges readers to be more aware of their surroundings so they do not fall with the crowd. The Friday Night Light addiction is displayed to show readers how it blinds people from principles that construct the legislation of a progressive community.
Furthermore, Saul demonstrates how hockey gives him a sense of freedom. This is due to Saul never being able to feel at ease at St. Jerome's Residential School because he had been witnessing abuse on himself and his peers for several days. Another significant scene in which Saul used hockey to cope with his trauma, racism, and discrimination is in Chapter 30 when he faces a team called the Chiefs. The team had fantastic players who the crowd loved, but when Saul stepped onto the ice, everyone laughed. “Thirteen must be the mascot!
In this article, the author explains why sports are very dangerous but also very beneficial. He starts off with his own personal stories and gets into describing how American football is seen as remarkably dangerous, and he includes evidence such as the violence the sport brings. He especially talks about the risks of brain damage that comes with the sport, including when “group of past players...sued the NFL for not properly informing players about the risks of brain damage during their careers”.
Children who participate in competitive sports at a young age experience more serious negative impacts than positives, including a risk of severe injury, losing
Summary In “Children Need to Play, Not Compete,” Jessica Statsky tries to demonstrate the negative effect of organized sports on the physical and psychological health of growing child. She claims that the games are not festive but they end up in the wrong development of a child’s brain. The coaches and parents have high hopes for their children that result in the pressure building. This changes the purpose of sports from teaching tolerance, teamwork and sportsmanship to merely winning by all means.
“In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries each year” claims Stanford Children’s Health. It’s definitely true that competitive sports can cause all sorts of injuries from big to small. The media teaches people simply that sports leads to horrific injuries and can cause stress, but what the mainstream media hardly discusses are the great benefits of competitive sports. While there may be some negatives to competitive sports, that’s just life, and to add on to that; there are plenty of benefits which are sure to override to media’s facts. Kids should play competitive sports because competitive sports teach children powerful life lessons, contributes to their social and mental stability, and because of the physical gain competitive sports provides.
Therefore, his actions reveal a logical strive for escapism due to the unfairness of the world due to practices that are redolent of and certainly prevalent to his intolerant environment. Sports are one aspect of escapism that the protagonist uses, but his urge to create a fair world is still intact, so they play with a foundation in rules that replicate a universe of fairness. For instance, in fourth grade, he begins to play soccer with his peers every Saturday to escape from quarrels between the father and mother (Bukowski, 2008). He even creates his sports to play while alone. For example, he creates a sport that he acts alone in the house.