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…

[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…

Women’s Hockey Literature (Pre-2012)

Most sports films and novels focus on men’s sports and are intended for an assumed male reader, so much so that if one wants to find a story about women athletes or teams they have to specify “women’s sports films” or “women’s sports literature.” Women’s sports stories, on the page or screen, are comparatively rare…

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…