2016 Writing: Year in Review

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Throwback Thursday: The NHL’s Best Christmas Day Moments

Throwback Thursday: When Jets Rookie Deron Quint Scored Two Goals in Four Seconds

The Definitive Guide to the Simpsons’ Greatest Hockey Moments

Throwback Thursday: Ron Hextall’s Historic Empty-Net Goal

Throwback Thursday: Boston Bruins Host NHL’s First Game in United States

Throwback Thursday: The Last Time an NHLer Scored on His Brother 

Throwback Thursday: Mr. Hockey and the Great One Square Off in NHL for First Time

Throwback Thursday: NHL Introduces the Penalty Shot

Darryl Sittler Reflects on His Record-Setting 10-Point Game

Sports Illustrated

Disputes, Fires and Arrests: Tales from a wild, goal-filled inaugural NHL season


Hockey’s unusual history at the Summer Olympic Games

The History of Future of Hockey’s Most Polarizing Statistic  

The Hockey News

How Angela Gorgone Became the NHL’s First Female Assistant GM

Canadian Encyclopedia

Reggie Leach 

Tom Paton, with Tabitha Marshall

The Walleye

5.5 Questions with Matt Murray 

4 Questions with Matt Murray

The Nation Network

Flames Nation

Talkin’ Las Vegas with Glen Gulutzan 

NHL Numbers

100th Anniversary: What if the NHL still had four teams?

If Quebec Played at the World Cup of Hockey

Wings Nation

Looking Back on Fedorov’s Boxing Day Heroics

A look back at the Red Wings’ last ever #6: Cummy Burton

Looking back at the lopsided Danny Grant-Henry Boucha Swap

Remembering the Time the Red Wings Went to Jail

Leafs Nation

The Twelve Leafs of Christmas

The Time the Leafs Got Their London Broiled 

George Armstrong’s Banner Comes Home

Blue Jays Nation

Honouring Eric Lindros

The Blogger’s Tribune

1976: The Best Cup

Broad Street Hockey

An interview with Reggie Leach, 40 years after his Conn Smythe Trophy win


On this day in 1994, Lemieux Steps Away From the Game

The Royal Half

The 7 People You Meet at Your Playoff Draft

City of L.A.


Marcel Madness!


Japanese Internment 

Hats Off for Wayne

The Bear Flag 

The Aviator

Sudbury.com: Hockey ‘n’ History Column

The struggling Senators and Canada’s forgotten prime minister

When the gales of November came early

Saying goodbye to Dominion Day

Trudeau, ‘Just watch me’ and those darn Maple Leafs

The Killing of Thomas D’Arcy McGee

Canuck teams miss playoffs, but cheer for these northerners 

Canada adopts the industrious beaver

Remembering Harriet Tubman

‘Hello out there, we’re on the air’

Canada’s bloodiest labour tragedy

Bridge collapse ends the honeymoon

Toronto calls in the troops


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A Tragically Hip Syllabus for Canadian History

Journey through Canadian history with the Tragically Hip.

This syllabus is intended for an upper year seminar course and would focus on various themes in Canadian history. Each class would begin by listening to the Tragically Hip song highlighted that week and would be followed by a discussion about how the content fits into larger subjects and themes in Canadian history.

Week 1: “At the Hundredth Meridian” Fully Completely (1992)

James Daschuk, Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life (Regina: University of Regina Press, 2013)

Week 2: “Courage” Fully Completely (1992)

Carl Berger, The Writing of Canadian History: Aspects of English Canadian Historical Writing Since 1990 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986)

Week 3: “Little Bones” Road Apples (1991)

Dan Malleck, Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-44 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 2012)

Week 4: “Three Pistols” Road Apples (1991)

Dimitry Anastakis, “Tom Thomson, Murdered? Canoe Lake, Ontario, 1917: Art, Nationalism, and Americanization in the Interwar Period,” in Death in the Peaceable Kingdom: Canadian History since 1867 through Murder, Execution, Assassination, and Suicide (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015): 104-118.

Ryan Edwardson, Canadian Content: Culture and the Quest for Nationhood (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008)

Week 5: “Bobcaygeon” Phantom Power (1998)

Cyril Levitt and William Shaffir, “Baseball and Ethnic Violence in Toronto: The Case of the Christie Pits Riot, August 16, 1933,” Polyphony 7, no. 1 (Spring-Summer 1985): 67.

Irving Abella and Harold Troper, None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1983)

Week 6: “Fifty Mission Cap” Fully Completely (1992)

John Chi-Kit Wong, Lord of the Rinks: The Emergence of the National Hockey League, 1875-1936 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005)

Andrew Ross, Joining the Clubs: The Business of the National Hockey League to 1945 (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015)

Week 7: “Nautical Disaster” Day for Night (1995)

Jeffrey A. Keshen, Saints, Sinners, and Soldiers: Canada’s Second World War (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007)

Week 8: “Fireworks” Phantom Power (1998)

Gary Marcuse and Reg Whitaker, Cold War Canada: The Making of a National Insecurity State, 1945-1957 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995)

Andrew C. Holman, Canada’s Game: Hockey and Identity (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009)

Week 9: “Montreal” Unreleased song

Gail G. Campbell, “ ‘Are we going to do the most important things?’ Senator Muriel McQueen Fergusson, Feminist Identities, and the Royal Commission on the Status of Women,” Acadiensis 38, no. 2 (Summer/Autumn 2009): 52-77.

Blake Brown, Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012)

Week 10: “Wheat Kings” Fully Completely (1992)

Constance Backhouse, Carnal Crimes: Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975 (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2008)

Week 11: “Born in the Water” Road Apples (1991)

Matthew Hayday, So They Want Us To Learn French: Promoting and Opposing Bilingualism in English-speaking Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015)

Week 12: “Now the Struggle Has a Name” We Are the Same (2009)

J.R. Miller, Shingwauk’s Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996)

Ian Mosby, “Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952,” Histoire Sociale/Social History 46, no. 91 (May 2013): 145-172.



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