Media releases

  • Film screening, discussion panel to mark anniversary of ’72 Summit Series

    MEDIA RELEASE: 15 November 2022 – R0124

    It’s the hockey series remembered as one of Canada’s greatest sporting moments.

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, when the best Canadian hockey players faced off against the best from the former Soviet Union.

    To mark the occasion, Brock’s Centre for Sport Capacity (CSC) has organized a public film screening, panel discussion and book signing on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. Held in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and Someday Books, the event will take place at The Film House at the PAC in downtown St. Catharines.

    “This anniversary is an opportunity for us to reflect on the role hockey has played in Canadian culture and to think about what we want for the future of hockey,” says Julie Stevens, Professor of Sport Management and Director of the Centre for Sport Capacity.

    This will be the only Niagara screening of the documentary film Ice-Breaker: The ’72 Summit Series by Robbie Hart. The film broadens the story usually told about the series to include the unique perspectives of diplomats, hockey legends, Soviet athletes, journalists, fans, broadcasters and business leaders.

    The film is based in part on the book Ice War Diplomat by Gary Smith, a former Canadian diplomat in Moscow who accompanied the Soviet team to Canada.

    Given the current hockey climate and the political situation with Russia, the anniversary gives Canadians an opportunity to reflect on the role of sport in our society and Canadian identity.

    “The Summit Series has become an inherited cultural memory of those who were not alive at the time,” says Assistant Professor of Sport Management Taylor McKee, whose research includes sport history and historical memory.

    “It has become shorthand for how we remember ourselves,” he says, noting that cultural memory does not always reflect the historical facts.

    McKee will be part of a discussion panel following the film, along with Stevens, Hart and Smith. The panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Vlossak, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean with the Faculty of Humanities.

    The story of the ’72 Summit Series shows the importance of studying sport from an interdisciplinary perspective and shows how sport intersects with areas including history, culture, politics and business.

    “Cross-disciplinary research enhances our understanding of how sport events like the Summit Series continue to shape our society,” says Stevens, who is co-director with Vlossak on the Sport Oral History Archive. “Sport events don’t occur in isolation.”

    Event tickets are available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre box office for $9.50. Smith will be available to sign copies of his book, which may also be purchased at the event.

    What: 1972 Summit Series 50th anniversary film screening, panel discussion and book signing
    : Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.
    : The Film House, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Doug Hunt, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, Brock University or 905-941-6209

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  • Brock takes next steps in transitioning to Burlington campus

    MEDIA RELEASE: 3 November 2022 – R0123

    Brock University recently made strides in its plans to transition to more modern facilities in the Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville corridor.

    As the University prepares to relocate its Hamilton Campus to Burlington, it will temporarily operate out of the former Lester B. Pearson High School site for the duration of the 2023-24 academic year. This was made possible through an agreement with the Halton District School Board.

    The University will continue operating in Hamilton until the end of the 2022-23 academic year in April.

    Brock has sold its Hamilton Campus site and as previously announced, will relocate to the future City of Burlington community hub on New Street — the former Robert Bateman High School site — once work on the property is completed.

    The City of Burlington announced Nov. 1 that it has completed a purchase agreement and land exchange transaction with the Halton District School Board involving the former Robert Bateman property.

    Work can now begin to ready the site for its new uses, including a Brock campus.

    “With the support of our community partners, Brock University will continue to deliver the exceptional student experience it is known for throughout this transitionary period,” said Ken Chan, Brock’s Vice-President, Administration. “The modern facilities at the new campus will support the success of our students and provide exciting opportunities for Brock to contribute to the growth and vitality of the wider Halton community.”

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Maryanne St. Denis, Manager, Content and Communications, Brock University or 905-246-0256

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