An intelligent and reflective look at hockey's place in the fabric of Canadian society, Kennedy nicely leads the reader down a path that is, in places nostalgic, and at other times, confronts the issues that bedevil the game today. Might be the best read of the current season's hockey offerings. --Eric Duhatschek, sports columnist, Globe & Mail
Forever it has been a kind of cultural shorthand in a place that has struggled with other modes of self-definition: Canada equals hockey and hockey equals Canada. But it is no longer really so simple, for the game or for the place, as Brian Kennedy explains in My Country is Hockey. Canada has changed and hockey's global footprint has changed, even as that defining myth and the faith in 'hockey values' remain incredibly powerful. --Stephen Brunt, sports columnist, Globe & Mail
About the Author
BRIAN KENNEDY was born in Montreal and spent much of his hockey-playing youth in Ontario. He went to school in the U.S. in 1981 and gained a PhD in English, before ending up in L.A. and teaching at Pasadena City College. A freelance sports writer, he uses his writing to get him everywhere from NHL locker rooms to the race shops of famous drivers of the past and present. He covers the Anaheim Ducks and the L.A. Kings, and in his spare time he rides a racing bike, practices karate and preserves memories.