Ask most people to name a sport that’s popular with immigrants and they’ll probably say soccer or baseball. But for Shagana Ehamparam who grew up in a Sri Lankan family in Toronto, it was a different story.
She remembers sitting in front of the TV with her brothers almost every NHL game night. “No one was allowed to change the channel or leave the room while the puck was in play – it was a sacred ritual.”
Shagana, who now lives in New York, told her story on NPR and WBUR’s Here and Now. She found that, as in Canada, ice hockey is becoming increasingly popular with immigrant audiences in the U.S.
This podcast was produced as part of the Telling Immigrant Stories course at The New School.
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