The roots of this country and the game so many love are intertwined…but there is a problem; there has been for a long time.

Canadian hockey is approaching a state of crisis because of cost and exclusivity.

Reasons as to why this is the case have been thoroughly explored in a new book titled Before the Lights Go Out: A Season Inside a Game Worth Saving (McClelland & Stewart), by journalist Sean Fitz-Gerald (The Athletic – Toronto).

Share in our conversation about how hockey has gone from Roch Carrier’s resonant snapshot of Canadiana that graced $5 banknotes, to a case of who gets to play and why?