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Where and why is violence allowed in the game of hockey That is the question many have wondered over the years and how it is still allowed to this current day Adam Gopnik provides us with a theory of how the culture of violent behavior originated in hockey and why it still resonates with us today But can one man really sum up over a few decades worth of history into one simple theory He suggests it could lie in the rivalry of ethnic groups of the notion to one up another that my team clearly is better than yours In regards to his theory I can support and argue that it is quite plausible and that violence in a sport can be rooted in ones ethnic background Hockey players come from many different backgrounds simply looking up online could see the percentages and along with their backgrounds come their rivalries Even as early on as hockey clubs began They all had their own hockey clubs some of whose names are still etched on the Stanley Cupthe Scottish the English the Irish and the French The Shamrocks Irish often allied with French clubs against the English and the Scottish in disputes over who would be allowed into the top leagues This clearly proves that even in the beginning disputes did happen and that there was more than one ethnic group playing in the game Although Gopnik suggest that these disputes were settled by residual British ideas of fair play and self-policing schoolyard justice it is important to include these facts as early evidence to his theory With all this talk about ethnic rivalry what else suggests where the violence resides in these players One lecturer at the Universit du Qubec Montral Vigneault suggests otherwise to the original theory As he says that Gopniks theory is too simple in explaining why this violence occurs he goes on to say Most of the hockey players
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