Brown Skin, White Ice: A closer look at Apna Hockey

In the summer of 2019, Alysha Bains (PhD student, Simon Fraser University, School of Communication) and I went to Calgary, Alberta for a week to hang out with Apna Hockey, an organization that aims to provide South Asian hockey participants with a safe space to enjoy and learn the game of hockey. We were going…

Book Preview: One Game At a Time

Harnaryan Singh has slowly become a household name for hockey families across Canada. In 2008, he started as the play-by-play commentator on the Hockey Night Punjabi broadcast, and to date, has called over 700 games for the program. Today, he works on both Punjabi and English hockey coverage. Singh was born to be a commentator. I have…

[Guest Post] Safe Sport is Core Value, Not an Obligation: Evaluating policy responses to safe sport in Canadian amateur hockey

Dan Hanoomansingh (@dan_h72) is an educator, coach, and Master’s student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is a former amateur hockey player and Hockey Canada referee. Dan is interested in coaching, safe sport, and gender in hockey, as well as education on feminism, racism, and colonialism in literature and media. His Master’s…

The NHL’s Inaction is Deafening

United. pic.twitter.com/wRgXRHVUsA — WNBA (@WNBA) August 27, 2020 On a night when the NBA and WNBA decided that the joy of basketball was inappropriate, the NHL decided to hit the ice. On a night when Naomi Osaka wrote, “I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a…

Is Hockey Barbie a Feminist Barbie?

Last year, Tim Horton’s worked with the toy conglomerate, Mattel, to roll out “a hockey-themed Barbie as part of a charitable initiative aimed at getting girls involved in the sport.” There was only supposed to be one doll — a white doll. But, in light of…realization that racism is still a thing, Tim Horton’s asked…

Y’all Are Making Me Mad

Y’all are making me mad. So mad that I’ve adopted a Southern accent for this post and I’m from the Pacific Northwest. And by “y’all,” I mean the NHL. The league and its clubs said they were ready to listen and learn so they could be part of the solution. I don’t know what you…

Implementing Anti-Racism in Hockey Public Q&A – June 29th

On March 2, 2020, we published the first ever Policy Paper for Anti-Racism in Canadian Hockey. It was the result of the March 30, 2019 Roundtable on Racism in Hockey. To date, the policy paper has been downloaded almost 1700 times and shared across Canada and the United States with hockey organizations of all levels,…