For the last two years I have been interviewing professional ice hockey players in the AHL and NHL for a project examining the interpersonal details, cultural underpinnings, and informal demands of the unwritten code of honor governing on- and off-ice interactions. In interview, subjects have explained that League rule changes are meaningless and unenforceable where they aren't compatible with 'the code', as they call it. The code, they tell me, is everything: subjects have explained how the code is enforced using violence and exclusion (and their threats), intersects in fascinating and often unexpected ways with the injury profiles of current and retired players, and operates as a primary mechanism of accountability and control.

I am currently interviewing players and working on securing full access to a single team for 10 months of fieldwork (pre-season camps through playoffs).