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Hockey as the romanticized myth of the Canadian Dream both is and is not. Just as every grown person has had a childhood, then spends the rest of one's life filtering the experience through a subjective gaze called memory, so also is there the real experience of the "pure" Canadian identity and the "game" of hockey. We are Canadians by birth or choice, and we (or our menfolk or brothers or friends) did play through the long, cold Canadian winters a game called hockey - later reliving the "feel" of the occasional moment of spirit-body-mind coordination inherent in all sports via the proxy of professional masters. Like childhoods and hockey, the facts may be grimmer than the memory: the loving parent who abuses, the team spirit bought and sold by businessmen who think that civic boosterism was invented to make their profits easier to acquire. Both versions of the past are fact, if fact is composed of equal parts perception and documentation.