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Offsite Sales: Major Misconduct Book Launch

October 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Join author and award-winning journalist Jeremy Allingham for the launch of his new book “Major Misconduct: The Human Cost of Fighting in Hockey”. Featuring a conversation between Allingham and acclaimed CBC sports broadcaster (and Olympian) Karin Larsen.

Free entry, with books available to purchase.

Presented in partnership with Arsenal Pulp Press and Massy Books.

*The BC Sports Hall of Fame has a limited space. Please RSVP early on Eventbrite to secure your seat. As a courtesy to others, if you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your reservation so others may reserve a ticket.*

Every night in hockey arenas across Canada and the United States, modern-day gladiators drop their gloves and exchange bare-fisted blows to the bloodthirsty roars of the paying public. Tens of millions of people a year, including children, watch and cheer on the fighters. Some players are paid handsomely; others barely a living wage. But either way, these fighters are lauded, valued, and considered to be essential to the game. That is, until their playing days are over. Hockey enforcers spend their lives fighting on ice to protect their teammates and entertain their fans, but when their playing days are over, who’s left to fight for them?

Major Misconduct scrutinizes a highly dangerous and controversial cultural practice. The book dives deep into the lives of three former hockey fighters who, years after their playing days ended, are still struggling with the pain and suffering that comes from bare-knuckle boxing on ice. All of these men believe they may be living with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. They may have had their shot at pro hockey glory, but none of them is rich or famous, and the game has left them with injuries and trauma. They have experienced estrangement, mental health issues, addiction, and brushes with the law. And they’ve stared death in the face.

The debate surrounding fighting in hockey is hotly contested on both sides. This daring and revelatory book explores the lives of those who bare-knuckle boxed on ice for a living and investigates the human cost we’re willing to tolerate in the name of hockey fighting.

Jeremy Allingham is an award-winning journalist and musician from Vancouver. He works for the CBC, where some of his most recent and poignant work has included in-depth coverage of fighting in junior hockey; the opioid crisis; climate catastrophe and the energy industry; the craft beer industry; local, provincial, and federal politics; and pretty much anything and everything sports and music related.

Please enter through Gate A, located off of Beatty Street. The BC Sports Hall of Fame is wheelchair accessible. Washrooms are gendered with wheelchair accessible stalls in the men’s and women’s washrooms.

If you have additional questions about accessibility, please get in touch with Rebecca Peng, publicist:
[email protected]


October 5, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


BC Sports Hall of Fame
777 Pacific Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Y8 Canada
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