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Pride tape: Real change or rainbow washing?

On Sunday, the Edmonton Oilers took to the ice for their annual skills competition with rainbow coloured “pride tape” in support of LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) communities and players. The tape was launched in late 2015 by the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (ISMSS) with the following approach: How can the hockey world…

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Weekly Links: Mi’Kmaq documentary on hockey; Rebecca Russell first female coach of men’s provincial team; GTHL xenophobia? and more.

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Who invented hockey? A new documentary is trying to make the case that the Mi’Kmaq (Canadian First Nations group) were the first to play hockey as we know it. [Global News] Tyler Boston talks about the difficulties of trying…

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Hockey While Asian: Personal reflections

Paul Kariya. Steve Kariya. Richard Park. Devon Setoguchi. Brandon Yip. Andong Song. Vicki Sunohara. Julie Chu. That’s about it isn’t it? All of the Asian hockey players of any consequence who have played at a high level?  Maybe I a missed a couple but you get the point – Asian’s don’t exactly have a storied…

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How do you “green” the NHL? Cut down on the games!

“In the US, only 16 per cent of citizens follow science,” says Allen Hershkowitz, president of the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), the biggest environmental association in sports, consisting of 320 teams and venues in 20 leagues across 14 countries. “But 71 per cent of people follow sports.  If you want to reach a lot of…

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Camouflage jerseys: In support of, what exactly?

*Cross posted on The Rabbit Hole. I have noticed that the new National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) has been showing a lot of military appreciation on its Twitter feed recently. If you like women’s hockey and supporting the troops, it seems they have a jersey for you: I wrote a piece in 2012 about the increasing…