The Positive and Negative Effects of Hockey Culture

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We’ve all heard about the negative effects of hockey culture, but what about the positive? It’s a common misconception that all hockey players are selfish and single-minded, but that’s not true. While some players are racist or even homophobic, there’s no room for them in this sport. Thankfully, there are many ways to combat this. Here are some of the positive aspects of hockey culture. 

Positive Effects of Hockey Culture 

The biggest impact of hockey culture can be seen in how it affects children and adults. The fact that players stop playing good hockey for Mike Babcock is a prime example of how a hockey culture that values a racial minority can be detrimental. But there’s a way to promote a more inclusive atmosphere within the NHL. The positive aspects of today’s hockey culture are often overshadowed by the negative.

The problem with hockey culture is its blatant disregard for players’ suffering. Players who cannot play through an injury or disrupt the locker room chemistry will be replaced. Likewise, players who engage in sexual harassment and other harmful behaviors will be blackballed from the league. Unfortunately, higher-ups would rather protect their toxic and abusive buddies than change their culture. The Chicago Blackhawks’ sexual assault cover-up is a wake-up call for the hockey world. A healthy hockey culture requires a rethinking of this blatantly toxic culture.

As a result of the recent allegations against Jake Virtanen, many Canadians have become more aware of the positive aspects of hockey and its culture. After all, many of us can remember a golden goal scored by Sidney Crosby or Paul Henderson in the Summit Series, and we’re all a part of hockey culture. The Angus Reid Institute, a non-profit organization, has recently surveyed youth hockey players, coaches, and non-players. They found that 68 percent of non-players perceive the treatment of women in hockey as being misogynistic and lacking in fun.

Negative Effects of Hockey Culture 

In addition to the positive effects of playing hockey, there are a few negative effects, including the lack of diversity in hockey. Despite efforts by universities, many Canadians still believe the game has a racism problem. However, the survey found that Canadians with visible minority backgrounds are more likely to say that hockey culture is lacking in diversity. Similarly, 62 percent of people are connected to youth hockey and unaware of the negative consequences.

How to Improve Effects of Hockey Culture 

Films and TV shows can also feature a healthy dose of hockey culture. Comic strips and cartoons are a good way to introduce young people to hockey. For example, a 1972 Canadian production, Face-Off, featured Art Hindle as an ice hockey player. The Cutting Edge and Happy Gilmore also center on a failed hockey player. Other popular movies featuring hockey include Wayne’s World and Big Daddy. And as a pop culture reference, “The Downward Spirals” stars anonymous opossums who are obsessed with the game.