Links Round-Up: Hayley Wickenheiser hired by Maple Leafs; Anders Nilsson tackles homophobia; Mental illness and hockey labour; and more

Formerly known as “Weekly Links,” our round-up of important and interesting pieces from the hockey blogosphere and media now appears every 2-4 weeks. The Toronto Maple Leafs made a number of front office hires, which included some notable positions for women: Hayley Wickenheiser becomes Assistant Director of Player Development and Noelle Needham as an amateur…

A Day in the Life of Hockey Playing Moms

Hockey moms represent an integral pillar of hockey culture. So much so that in Canada there is a website called “Canadian Hockey Moms” dedicated to connecting and supporting all the rink moms. Gongshow apparel has even written an open letter to hockey moms expressing, “Thank you for giving us that extra 10 minutes on the…

Finding Hope: One Story of Hockey, Mental Illness, and Community

*Trigger Warning* Post touches on suicide. Characterized as a community, hockey has the potential to create a space for the formation of connections and a feeling of belonging.  The possible positive effects of participating in a hockey community have begun to be documented for more active participants – players, coaches or parents – but are…

Reflecting on the 2018 Hockey Conference: Delivering New Understandings of the Game

The Hockey Conference is a biennial event held at various locations throughout North America. It has instrumentally advanced scholarship on ice hockey and brings together academics, community members, athletes, coaches, and fans. Hockey scholars can come from various fields; their perspective for studying the sport can be grounded in things like globalization, marketing, history, gender…