Friday, March 10, 2006

Reader's Diary #47- David Adams Richards: Hockey Dreams (up to p. 66)

I'm still enjoying Richards' easy style and often funny memoirs- though since a little book called A Million Little Pieces I'm skeptical that some of the humour was played up a little, not that I'd care much with this particular book.

Though I am a little bothered by Richards' paranoia about the non-hockeyphiles such as myself. He's pretty adamant that nonhockey fans are out to destroy the game or at the very least downplay its significance. And while this might be true with a few people, I'm very doubtful many feel this way. I certainly don't. I respect hockey's role in Canada's culture and our identity. And while I might like Canadians to be known for something as well, I wouldn't wish it in lieu of hockey.

I'd like to see this book be rereleased with a new preface or afterward from Richards' on his view of last year's strike. In commenting on the number of U.S. teams versus the number of Canadian teams, he makes the comment that big business is to blame. Well, I'd go even further since the strike. If anything destroys hockey's place as one of our two national sports, it'll be big business. If I were a satirical cartoonist, I'd put one here with let's say the "Grim Reaper" with a dollar sign in the hood, and a large scythe swinging and lopping the heads of a hockey player, a rockstar and a chef- just three of the latest victims of capitalism. If you wish to join the communist party please send a SASE to...just kidding (about the last part anyway).


John Mutford said...

Though on 2nd thought, while big business might damage hockey and it's reputation in a lot of ways- it won't decrease its official status- afterall, if lacrosse hasn't been killed due to lack of money, hockey is surely safe.

Robert Hiscock said...

I have no problem with hockey and I'm not out to destroy it. I am one of those people who fails to see how it's as big a deal as some think it is. In my experiece, a lot of Canadians love hockey and a lot more couldn't be bothered. I've never felt it was as much a part of the 'national identity' as die hard's claimed. Perhaps, one day, I'll read this book to figure-out why I'm wrong.