A sports team is vital to a large city such as Montreal. A sports team may have
positive or negative impacts on a city. The team that will be focused on is the Montreal
Canadiens. Despite the poor seasons that the team has recently endured, the Montreal
Canadiens are still one of the most winningest franchises in all of sports. The team's long
history as a winning organization has made the city of Montreal reputable. For my
research, the three disciplines that will be focused on are sociology, geography, and
economics. These disciplines are very much evident and important to my research topic,
that being, the importance the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club for the City of Montreal.
With the use of sources related to my topic, one will be able to grasp the overall context
of my research. The direct question that my research intends to answer is; how has the
Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club impacted the City of Montreal as a whole?
The discipline of sociology studies groups of people in a specific area. In this
case, the people we will focus on are the players playing for the Montreal Canadiens
hockey team and the fans that support the team. After viewing a video on the Montreal
Canadiens during the 1988-1989 season (Fisher 1989), the discipline of sociology is very
much evident in this video. The video takes an in depth viewing of the team during the
1988-1989 season. It looks at the ups and downs the team faced during this particular
season and how the Montreal Canadiens have over come obstacles.
During the 1988-1989 season, the Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Cup final
where they lost to the Calgary Flames in six games. A few years earlier, in 1986, the
Canadiens beat those same Calgary Flames to win their twenty-third Stanley Cup. The
player that led the Canadiens during the 1988-1989 season was none other than
goaltender Patrick Roy. The pressures that were placed on the shoulders' of Roy were
unbelievable. This pressure came from fans and media alike. The fact he was a French-
Canadian that grew up cheering for the Canadiens, did not help either. As Patrick said in
the video, "Hockey in Montreal is not a sport, it's a religion." Also interviewed was
captain Guy Carbonneau, who stated that, "this team is like one huge family
player on this team stands up for each other
This is what makes this team so close." An
incident in the video had a direct connection to what captain Guy Carbonneau stated
earlier. This incident took place during a playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens
and the Philadelphia Flyers. The incident occurred when goaltender of the Flyers, Ron
Hextall, left his crease to fight Chris Chelios of the Canadiens. Soon after a brawl
erupted. This incident showed that no matter who is involved, the whole team stands up
for each other. As mentioned in "Sociology: Problems and Perspectives", "Sociologists
draw an important distinction between the purposes of our behaviour-what we intend to
do-and the unintended consequences that our behaviour brings about. The purposes for
which we do things may be very different from the consequences we produce." (Giddens
1991, 8) This gives a sort of an understanding for why the players stand up for each and
that their actions, which led to a brawl, have consequences.
As mentioned in "Sociology in our Times" Using the objective method,
researchers assign individuals to social classes based on predetermined criteria
(occupation, source, and amount of income, amount of education, and type and area of
residence" (Kendell, Linden and Murray 1998, 227) People that can afford to pay the
high ticket prices to go to hockey games are the ones in the middle to upper class who
live in the well-established parts of the city.
The geographical location of Montreal makes it a great city in...
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