Sticks are clashing, players are yelling, shots ring off the boards and the buzzer sounds. It looks and sounds like your typical hockey game at the local arena, except for one minor detail – no one is white.
Hockey, habitually known as Canada’s favourite sport, takes a spin on Saturdays as Muslim enthusiasts line the corridors at the Stephen Leacock Arena. Sixteen teams comprised entirely of Muslims embody the Madina Hockey League (MHL), a ball hockey league for those aged 15 and up.
But these aren’t just pickup games of shinny, they’re every bit as intense as one would expect a hockey game to be.