Roundtable on Racism in Hockey – March 30th

Last fall, Bob Dawson reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in co-organizing an event to address racism in Canada’s game. Naturally, I said YES. Bob was the first Black player to play in the Atlantic Intercollegiate Hockey League in 1967 with St. Mary’s University. As a diversity consultant and Black…

Let’s talk about those Adidas Parley All-Star jerseys…

On January 9th, the NHL announced that players would be wearing eco-friendly jerseys for the 2019 All-Star game. These will be the “first-ever NHL jerseys featuring repurposed and upcycled materials.” This move aligns with Adidas’ existing relationship with Parley for the Oceans, an initiative that attempts to deal with ocean plastic by turning it into…

A Poorly Timed Joke: Gerry Dee’s CWHL promo tweet

Yesterday, comedian Gerry Dee tweeted out a promo video for the upcoming CWHL All-Star game. It was meant to be a light ribbing of some of the All-Star selections but it was met with mixed reviews. The @TheCWHL All-Star game is happening at @ScotiabankArena on January 20th at 1:30 pm. Tickets on sale now. Some…

“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…