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World junior hockey disappointment

2012-01-11

Queen’s University professor Sam McKegney is available to talk about Canada’s intense love of hockey and the world junior championships, as well as the disappointment of failing to make it to the gold-medal game.

Dr. McKegney studies hockey culture and comes from an NHL family – his uncle Tony McKegney had a 13-year NHL career (including nine 20-goal seasons).

“For a lot of people, the world junior hockey tournament acts as a barometer of the health of the Canadian game. And because hockey is such an important part of Canadian national identity, there's a lot riding on the results,” says Dr. McKegney, who played junior C hockey in his teens. “Many Canadians view the world juniors as more pure and pristine. Played by young people for the love of the game rather than by millionaire professionals in the corporatized NHL, it seems closer to hockey in its natural or ideal form. If Canada doesn't come away with a medal on Thursday, it gives every person in a bar or rec room a chance to debate what's wrong with Canadian hockey. And debates about Canadian hockey tend to have a lot to say about Canadian society.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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