Goalllll! The Changing Face of Ice Hockey- the Fi2W Podcast

“Hockey in New Jersey” an after school program where kids play ice hockey for free; photo: Hockey in New Jersey

“No one was allowed to change the channel or leave the room while the puck was in play – it was a sacred ritual.”

When you think of passionate hockey fans, you probably don’t imagine four Sri Lankan kids in Toronto sitting in a room with their eyes glued to an NHL game on TV.

You’d probably be just as surprised to hear about young Latino kids heading to after-school hockey practice in New Jersey. But as Shagana Ehamparam discovered, the face of hockey is starting to change across Canada and the U.S.

With TV networks offering play-by-play of NHL games in Punjabi, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and Italian, and youth hockey programs gaining popularity in immigrant neighborhoods, hockey is starting to change from a mostly white sport.  It’s also helping people in immigrant communities feel less like outsiders.

This podcast is the first in a series that was produced as part of the Telling Immigrant Stories course at The New School.

Listen to our recent podcast How Safe is a Sanctuary City?

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation an anonymous donor and readers like you.

AboutShagana Ehamparam
Shagana is interested in telling stories of the South Asian community which she feels is often underrepresented in the mainstream media. She is currently the Communications Manager at Apathy is Boring, a national youth-led organization based in Montreal, Canada that supports young people in taking charge of the conditions they live in, together. She is also a contributor to TamilCulture, an online media platform that inspires, empowers and connects the global Tamil community through storytelling. Shagana holds a Master’s degree in Public and Urban Policy from The New School in New York City.