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Big-City Hockey Players and Diversity in NHL

A recent article by McMaster researchers has been published in Canadian Ethnic Studies.

Dec 20, 2021

An article by Dr. Lisa Kaida (Associate Professor, Sociology), Dr. Peter Kitchen (Adjunct Professor, Geography), and Max Stick (PhD Candidate, Sociology) was published in the most recent issue of Canadian Ethnic Studies. In this study, they use Canadian Census data and publicly available player information to examine how the demographic characteristics of Canadian-raised NHL players compare with those of the hometowns where they grew up. They also assess how the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of players' hometowns are associated with the number of NHL players from specific big cities.

Their findings show that recent NHL players from big Canadian cities are not representing the growing ethno-racial diversity of their hometowns in the1990s and the first decade of the 2000s. However, strides have been made. With increasing immigration, NHL's growing global appeal, outreach initiatives in local communities and the push for diverse volunteers, there is reason to be optimistic that there will be a new cohort of diverse young people playing professional hockey in the very near future.

View the article here