Fire on the Ice
Aging and Physical Culture
It is rare for older Canadians to see athletes who look like them on the national stage. By examining aging, physical activity, gender and national identity, the stories here centre the experiences of older athletes. This podcast shows us what we all can learn by taking seriously the meanings and experiences of those who engage in winter sport beyond their youth.

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The Young Oldtimers

In this episode of Fire on the Ice, I continue to look at older men who play hockey. This time, I’m with a slightly younger group of men, hockey players between 54 and 71, in Atlantic Canada. However, the forms of masculinity the men expressed changed…

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Old Lessons for Young Hockey Players

Elite men’s hockey in Canada does not have a reputation for conviviality, kindness, or even civility. But such behaviour does not have to be intrinsic to the game. In this podcast, I speak to male hockey players who are part of the Silver Skaters…

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Stick Shifts

*There is some unbleeped swearing in this episode.

Kristi Allain (researcher & narrator), with Stephanie Dotto (writer) and Cory McKechnie (editor)

Winter can be a tricky season for older Canadians, as they face duelling pressures. On the one…

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It Used to be Called an Old Man’s Game

Kristi Allain (researcher & narrator), with Stephanie Dotto (writer) and Cory McKechnie (editor)

Although Canadians are becoming demographically older, the athletes we see on TV and in stadiums are eternally youthful and fit. Curling was one…

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Host

Dr. Kristi Allain

Associate Professor of Sociology; Canada Research Chair in Physical Culture and Social Life St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.

Kristi Allain holds a Canada Research Chair in Physical Culture and Social Life. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB. Drawing together the themes of aging, physical activity, gender, and national identity, and through academic and popular research dissemination, Kristi Allain’s work challenge the ways that national celebrations of sport marginalize certain groups, particularly those in later life. By emphasizing an ethics of pleasure, resistance, and intergenerational community-building her work creates more space for for the participation and celebration of national “others” in Canadian sport.