Canada's Holy Grail: Lord Stanley’s Political Motivation to Donate the Stanley Cup

By Jordan B. Goldstein

© 2021

In 1892, Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley donated the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup – later known as the Stanley Cup – to crown the first Canadian hockey champions.

Canada’s Holy Grail documents Lord Stanley’s personal politics, his desire to affect Canadian nationality and unity, and the larger transformations in Anglo-liberal political thought at the time. The book posits that the Stanley Cup fit directly within Anglo-American traditions of using sport to graft ideas of the national, and the donation of the cup occurred at a moment in history when Canadian nationalists needed identifying symbols. Jordan B. Goldstein asserts that only with a transformation in Anglo-liberal thought could the state legitimately act through culture to affect national identity.

Drawing on primary source documentation from Lord Stanley’s archives, as well as statements by politicians and hockey enthusiasts, Canada’s Holy Grail integrates political thought into the realm of sport history through the discussion of a championship trophy that still stands as one of the most well-known and recognized Canadian national symbols.

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  • Page Count: 388 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Canada’s Holy Grail investigates the political motivations of Lord Stanley and sheds light on the Stanley Cup as a symbol of Canadian unity.

Canada's Holy Grail: Lord Stanley’s Political Motivation to Donate the Stanley Cup

By Jordan B. Goldstein

© 2021

In 1892, Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley donated the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup – later known as the Stanley Cup – to crown the first Canadian hockey champions.

Canada’s Holy Grail documents Lord Stanley’s personal politics, his desire to affect Canadian nationality and unity, and the larger transformations in Anglo-liberal political thought at the time. The book posits that the Stanley Cup fit directly within Anglo-American traditions of using sport to graft ideas of the national, and the donation of the cup occurred at a moment in history when Canadian nationalists needed identifying symbols. Jordan B. Goldstein asserts that only with a transformation in Anglo-liberal thought could the state legitimately act through culture to affect national identity.

Drawing on primary source documentation from Lord Stanley’s archives, as well as statements by politicians and hockey enthusiasts, Canada’s Holy Grail integrates political thought into the realm of sport history through the discussion of a championship trophy that still stands as one of the most well-known and recognized Canadian national symbols.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 388 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Jordan B. Goldstein is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations, Maps, Photographs
    Tables
    Foreword
    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    Contentions, Argument, Interpretation
    A Note on Method and Methodology
    Contribution to the Body of Knowledge
    Chapters
    Endnotes

    Section I: The National

    1. Canada 1888

    Domestic Affairs: Expansion and Consolidation
    Foreign Affairs: Sovereignty and Dependence
    Ideological Battle
    Endnotes

    2. Enshrining the National

    Not a True Nation
    The Genesis of Nationalized Sport in Great Britain
    Nationalized Sport in the United States
    The Mixed Political Heritage of Confederation
    British Origins of Canadian Sport
    American Permutation of Canadian Sport 
    Canadian Nationalized Sport
    Nineteenth-Century Political Thought and the Evolution of Nationalized Sport
    Endnotes

    Section II: The Personal

    3. An Honoured Member of Parliament

    The Early Life of Frederick Arthur Stanley
    The Politics of the 14th Earl of Derby
    The Politics of Frederick Stanley: Practical Governance
    The Politics of Frederick Stanley: Emergent Progressivism
    Towards a New Liberalism
    Endnotes

    4. Overseeing the Crown Dominion

    Lord Stanley’s Governance in Canada
    Domestic Governance
    International Governance
    Canadian Travels
    The Role of Sport
    Sport and the Stanley Family
    Stanley and Canadian Sports
    The Stanley Family and Winter Sport
    Defining the National
    Endnotes

    Section III: The International

    5. What Does It Mean to Be Canadian?

    Debates over Canada’s Future
    Canada First and the Birth of Canadian Nationality
    Unlimited Reciprocity, Continental Union, and Annexation
    Wilfrid Laurier and Unrestricted Reciprocity
    Protectionism, Imperialism, and Progressivism
    Federal Election of 1891
    Stanley’s Position 
    The Use of Sport to Promote National Identity
    Imperial Federation and Progressivism
    Sport in the Promotion of Imperial Connection
    The Place of Ice Hockey
    The Role of the Stanley Cup
    Canada is a British Nation
    Endnotes

    6. National Sport, the State, and Political Thought

    Philosophical Revolution 
    Lord Stanley and Canada 
    Endnotes

    Notes on Sources
    Literature Review
    Sources of Note
     
    Bibliography
    Primary Sources