A new survey has found that many Canadians believe there are issues related to misunderstanding, racism, and inclusion in the culture surrounding hockey.
An Angus Reid Institute poll showed that hockey is an integral part of Canada’s cultural fabric, with 62 percent of respondents saying they have at least one connection to youth hockey – either they played it themselves in the past , Who are close with someone currently plays, or are simply fans.
Three percent of the respondents said that hockey imparts a sense of identity and community, while 87 percent said it instills qualities such as hard work and dedication.
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The survey, however, found concerns around hockey culture, with 64 percent of respondents coaching or playing youth hockey citing issues of players threatening children outside the rink.
Nearly nine out of 10 respondents – those with and without sports – said that sports were too expensive for low-income people to participate.
A vast majority stated that the cost of playing hockey was an obstacle to widespread participation, with 88 percent agreeing that hockey is too expensive to play for all.
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When asked about misunderstandings in the game, 29 percent of all respondents said it was a serious problem, while 23 percent said it was a minor problem.
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Among youth hockey, women were more likely than men to say that young players’ behavior with women was a serious concern.
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Respondents said hockey has a racism problem, while 21 percent said it is a problem, but a minor one.
Angus Reid said respondents were likely to be identified as an obvious minority, an issue with hockey’s racism.
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Bullying is a concern, with most players asking hockey players to bully other players or children outside the rink. Sixty-two percent said further improvement was needed.
Those who experience problems say that more needs to be done. On the question of how young players treat women and girls, only one-quarter of female respondents say the issue is getting better.
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On the question of racism, a third say that hockey is becoming more inclusive. Those who identify as a visible minority and experience racism as an issue in sports, however, were twice as likely to say that it is getting worse than those who appear Are not a minority.
An online survey of just over 1,600 adults took place between 11 February and 16 February. The Angus Reid Institute stated that a possible sample of this size would carry a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
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