The Dream Gap Tour: A lesson in barnstorming

Next weekend the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) will kick off its Dream Gap Tour in Toronto, Ontario. The Dream Gap refers to the fact that little boys can dream of being a professional hockey player but little girls have no such equivalent dream to chase.  In the PWHPA’s press release for the tour,…

“It’s hard to be different in the NHL”: Six former National Hockey League players discuss conformity in relation to the lack of openly gay players in the league

As part of my postdoctoral work on LGBTQ inclusion in hockey at the University of Alberta, I had the opportunity to interview six former National Hockey League (NHL) players. This is part of the same study in the context of which I wrote a post about openly gay competitive ice hockey players. My goal was…

Ouellette-Poulin Hockey: The love fest continues

Another year, another camp. That’s what it looks like on paper. But in reality, the Ouellette-Poulin Adult Hockey Camp has very quickly become the axis around which my hockey calendar (as well as my teammates and friends’ calendars) revolves. We spend half the year getting amped for two days on the ice in Montreal and…

Guest Post: Apna Hockey – Growing the game

Guest post by Lali Toor My name is Lali Toor and I am the Founder/President of Apna Hockey, the very first South Asian based ice hockey network. With the help of our co-founder and former professional South Asian hockey player Dampy Brar we have focused on establishing working relationships within the South Asian hockey community…

Film Review: Willie

I had the privilege of watching the documentary Willie recently, which premiered at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival in April. Willie, tells the life story of Willie O’Ree from his early days when he couldn’t quite decide between baseball or hockey, to his career threatening eye-injury and his NHL call-up, and concludes with the day he finds…