“Midget” hockey: What’s in a name?

Sport Manitoba recently announced that they would support banning the term “midget” as a way to categorize age-group (15-17) competition. I posted the Global News article on my Twitter feed, Greg Wyshynski gave it a re-tweet and the following replies ensued: Are there “bigger” problems in the world today? Sure. Not that I support the…

“The Last Game”: Hockey and climate change

*Cross-posted on The Rabbit Hole* Viacheslav Fetisov won two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998; and, he has a wheel barrow full of gold medals to his name from the Olympics and various World Championships. Today, he is the United Nations Environment Patron for the Polar Regions. This past summer,…

The Time for Women’s Hockey is Now

“The story of women’s hockey is a tale of unimaginable progress while at the same time only scratching the surface of how far there is to go” (Alana Paterson, Globe and Mail, 2017). The CWHL has a new commissioner in Jayna Hefford and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Hefford is just the league’s second…

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…

Links Round-Up: The passing of Ray Emery; Mental health discussions; Hefford and O’Ree inducted; and more

Formerly known as “Weekly Links,” our round-up of important and interesting pieces from the hockey blogosphere and media will now appear twice a month. Former NHL goalie, Ray Emery passed away during a recent swimming accident in Hamilton, Ontario. [The Globe and Mail] Stacy Lorenz from the University of Alberta discusses the deeply entwined culture…