A Review of "Hockey: A People's History"
- For those who might be interested, I have posted a review of the first
two episodes of CBC's "Hockey: A People's History" on my blog at
- Thanks, its a fair and balanced review. I agree with some of things
you say, especially the use of Gretzky & Cherry as 'philosophers'for
the early episodes. But this was a television production and they were
I worked on the series and I know there are some errors - some of
which I pointed out but they couldn't change.
I've said this before, and I'll repeat it. There are different
producers and directors for each episode. And the producers were
selected because they could tell a story and knowing hockey wasn't the
most important factor. The series aim was to tell a story of how
hockey evolved and became historically interwoven with the Canadian
It must also be noted that there are only 42 minutes per episode and
scripts were written and rewritten. How do you included everything
that happened? You can't. If someone can figure a way to put all the
missing parts that everyone mentions in the 42 minutes, then you are
A storyline was developed and the producers used what fit in the time
alloted. It is not a true detailed historical documentary. It wasn't
meant to be.
I wish it was handled differently at some points, but I accepted it
because I knew what they were trying to do. But some very capable and
prominent SIHR members worked on the series and that enhanced it in my
But no production is perfect and I don't think that the series should
be a bull's eye for people wanting to jump all over it, just because
it doesn't fit their vision of what the production should have been.
Thanks for the review and I look forward to reading the next one.
--- In email@example.com, "hairyfeilo" <jarring@...> wrote:
> For those who might be interested, I have posted a review of the
> two episodes of CBC's "Hockey: A People's History" on my blog at