Title: How the Sports Landscape in Canada Is Changing
Date: June 29, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I looked at what the Canadian sports landscape could look like 150 years from now in honor of Canada 150.
As Sidney Crosby cycled the puck into the corner and cut for the net, a record 16.6 million Canadians sat and watched, breath baited. Nearly eight minutes into overtime against the United States, Crosby fired a shot short-side to beat Ryan Miller, giving Canada the gold medal in men’s ice hockey on home turf and creating one of the most iconic moments in Canadian sports history.
Looking back over the last 150 years of sport in Canada, any list of meaningful moments is going to be littered with events from the hockey world. It is, for lack of a better term, Canada’s sport, something ingrained in the fabric of the country, its people, and its culture. As Crosby fired his gold-medal winner in Vancouver, it was perhaps the perfect snapshot of hockey’s importance to Canada—the 2015 Vital Signs Report from the Toronto Foundation found that 90 percent of Canadians said Olympic success had a positive impact on their Canadian pride.
“I believe, for better or for worse, that the Canadian self-image is inexorably tied to the main national sport, hockey: team-oriented, resourceful, determined, resilient, cooperative and, ultimately, triumphant,” award-winning Canadian author Roy MacGregor told VICE Sports. “There may be a lot of hooey in this but there is also a lot of truth. Success in Olympic hockey, both men’s and women’s, is a Canadian priority.”
As we look ahead to what the next 150 years of sport may look like in this country, an interesting question emerges: Will that always be the case?