All the Way: My Life on Ice by Stephen Brunt, Jordin Tootoo

By Stephen Brunt, Jordin Tootoo

It appeared as if not anything may perhaps cease Jordin Tootoo at the ice. The captain of Canada's Under-18, a fan favorite at the international Junior squad, and a WHL most sensible prospect who may possibly intimidate either goalies and enforcers, he was once consistently a pacesetter. And while Tootoo used to be drafted through Nashville in 2000 and made the Predators out of camp in 2003, he grew to become a pace-setter in a different way: the 1st participant of Inuk descent to fit up within the NHL.

The pressure of festival within the world's best hockey league, the commute, the media, the homesickness—and the extra strain to carry one's head excessive as a job version not just for the teenagers of his place of birth of Rankin Inlet yet for the tradition that had given him the power and the possibilities to succeed—would were good enough to problem any rookie. yet Tootoo confronted whatever way more tricky: the lack of his brother within the yr among his draft and his first shift for the Predators. even though he performed via it, the tragedy took its inevitable toll. In 2010, Tootoo checked himself into rehab for alcohol habit. It appeared a promising occupation had ended too soon.

But that's now not the best way Tootoo observed it and never how it may finish. As inheritor to a cultural legacy that incorporated alcohol, depression, and suicide, Tootoo may also draw on a historical past which could support maintain him even hundreds of thousands of miles clear of Nunavut. And in a neighborhood haunted through an analogous hopelessness and substance abuse that so affected Tootoo's lifestyles, it's not simply his ability and fearlessness at the ice that experience made him a hero, however the braveness of his honesty to himself and to the realm round him that he had to depend upon others to maintain him via his hardest challenge.

All the way in which tells the tale of somebody who has travelled faraway from domestic to achieve a dream, anyone who has recognized glory and cheering crowds, but additionally the demons of melancholy. it's the searing, sincere story of a tender guy who has risen to each problem and approximately fallen brief within the hardest online game of all, whereas discovering how to draw energy from his neighborhood and history, and giving again to it in addition.

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Yet such is the dominance of the eight core nations in all aspects of the sport, I generally refer to just the core and the periphery throughout most of the text even though it is clear that certain nations are closer to the core than others. It is also important to note that while acknowledging the work of Wallerstein (1974), and employing this terminology of core and periphery, I am in no way claiming to (mis)represent his thesis and simply apply this to rugby. The language of core and periphery seems an appropriate one to apply to the international rugby landscape but beyond that I make no other claims to invoke Wallerstein’s (1974) analysis into the present discussion.

Jarvie and Walker, 1994; Johnes, 2005; Sugden and Bairner, 1993). Reflecting both the broader landscape of the sociology of sport, and its positioning in the country, there is much more published work on football than there is on rugby in Scotland. Academic work on rugby in Ireland is also rather scarce; although Tuck’s (2003) research provides key insights into the dynamics surrounding the sport as a symbol of national identity, for unlike in many other sports Ireland compete as one nation in international rugby union (see also, Tuck and Maguire, 1999).

Quite why those governing rugby did not start a world cup competition until 1987 is easy to explain. In part it was a reflection of the fact that very few countries had embraced the game and that those small group of countries who governed the sport expressed no great desire to export it and see the game develop elsewhere. Even through the professional age issues concerning ownership of the game and a desire to retain power and prestige are omnipresent. It was also a reflection of amateurism in that arranging time off work and lengthy periods away from home could be quite problematic for some The Rugby World Cup 29 players.

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