Year: 1998 Source: Social Forces, v.77, no.1, (September 1998), p.105-126 SIEC No: 20010272

It is proposed the social context surrounding the Stanley Cup constitutes in Quebec a period of increased informal interpersonal contact among people & that this should ultimately servce to discourage &/or prevent some potential suicides from occurring. Analysis revealed the period comprising the Stanley Cup is by itself not a significant predictor of suicide, though its interactions with sex, age, & marital status are important. During the playoffs, young men are in fact more likely to commit suicide, but if they are married, the chances of this happening are reduced significantly. Further analysis indicates this tendency is more likely when it is associated with the Montreal Canadiens being eliminated early in the playoffs. These results & other features of this study are discussed in relation to previous research regarding sports & mortality. (62 refs.)