While hockey is strongly intertwined in Canada’s lexicon as a country, some aspects surrounding the game have come into question over the years.
In a recent poll by Angus Reid, 64 per cent of Canadians who have coached or played say the culture has a problem with players bullying kids outside the rink.
In addition, 88 per cent of Canadians say that organized hockey is too expensive for lower-income people to play.
The poll also found nearly 50 per cent of people with some involvement in hockey say racism is still a problem in the sport, compared to 18 per cent who say it isn’t.
On top of that, more than half of those who have played or coached youth hockey say they perceive the treatment of women and girls by young male hockey players as misogynistic or disrespectful.
The study also found that 62 per cent of Canadians have at least one connection to the sport and that 93 per cent of people say hockey provides a sense of identity and community in the country.
Eighty-seven per cent went as far as saying it teaches good qualities such as hard work and dedication.
Angus Reid polled a random sample of nearly 1,601 Canadian adults between Feb. 11- 16.