Shinny ('shi-ne) noun Cdn. 1. (in full shinny hockey) informal pickup hockey played usu. without nets, referees, or equipment, except for skates, sticks, and a ball or puck or object serving as a puck.
2. STREET HOCKEY. 3 informal hockey. [var. of SHINTY]
- Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 2nd ed.
Shinny is a long-term documentary work that explores the tradition of shinny hockey as part of the fabric of Canadian identity. Shinny is the way we survive our long, cold winters. For many it defines our childhood; for others it is a way of connecting with an adopted land and culture. It is so iconic and historic a pastime that we’ve chosen to place it on our currency as emblematic of who we are as a nation. Importantly, shinny unites Canadians across age, gender, race, colour, and socioeconomic status.