Small Town Hockey

in canada

hockey was considered

an official religion

~

a player

was traditionally

tough, fast

hard-working

honest, fair

~

the respect

for yourself, your teammates, your opponents

taught important lessons

~

you learned

to win, to lose

with dignity

~

you learned to play

with emotional poise

integrity

~

you learned to play

as a team

believing, trusting

each other

~

sometimes

I don’t know what to believe

~

Hockey As Religion

Hockey Violence in Vancouver

the league’s leading scorer

reaches for the puck

vulnerable

blasted to the face

~

concussion, stitches

injured

before the playoffs

~

an opponent’s choice

endangering careers

playoff chances

~

no penalty called

no league suspension

( no respect ? )

~

self righteous intentions

standing up for a brother

spiralling out of control

~

vigilante justice

with sickening consequences

~

cue

the violence

violins

~

everyone loses

~

hockey violence

hockey violence

~

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi