Guest Post: A Day for the Love of the Game and All Those Who Love It – Putting Aside Contentious Differences on “National Jersey Day,” in Remembrance and Reconciliation

Guest Post by Jordan Oelke Jordan is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph’s B.A Honours anthropology program, with a focus on Indigenous-settler relations and environmental anthropology. He is a life-long Toronto Maple Leafs fan and is looking to pursue a Masters in Germany starting in Fall, 2018. I am reminded of how important hockey…

Hockey in Post-Irma, Maria Puerto Rico

On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma (a category 5 storm) battered the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico with 100 mph winds leaving approximately 1 million without power. News reports referred to Irma as having “skirted” past Puerto Rico. On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria (a category 4 storm) made landfall on Puerto Rico with 155…

Indigenous hockey firsts?: Who counts and who doesn’t

Hockey Canada recently announced the women’s roster that will be playing at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. On that roster is Brigette Lacquette, a Cote First Nations woman from Mallard, Manitoba. When Lacquette was included on this year’s roster numerous outlets such as Color of Hockey, Sportsnet, and the CBC all tweeted articles touting Lacquette…

What if…we always talked about players as employees?

In light of the recent announcement made by representatives from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL to better protect the labour rights of athletes, I wonder how the language we use to talk about athletes as players and teams as families contributes to the inability for athletes to collectively enhance their work conditions. You and I…