Roundtable: Pride and Provorov

Roundtables are an occasional feature on Hockey in Society. Roundtables present brief commentaries from Hockey in Society contributors on pressing or timely issues within hockey and its culture, with the aim of presenting multiple critical viewpoints on the topic under discussion. On January 17, 2023 the Philadelphia Flyers hosted its annual pride night celebration. James…

What’s changed with Hockey Canada at the World Juniors?

The Men’s World Junior Championships (WJC) are back, coming at the close of the year where Hockey Canada’s shadowy, unaccountable leadership has fallen apart and their image tarnished. The year has seen two Hockey Canada CEOs go, two Hockey Canada Board Chairs resign, and two secret slush funds for sexual assault claims exposed. All of…

Out with the Old-School Part 2: The Leadership Culture

The ‘Out with the Old-School’ series is based on the findings from Donna Cumming’s MA thesis. The study involved interviews and focus groups with 11 Canadian varsity women hockey players about their hockey leadership experiences, perceptions, and intentions. Today’s post is all about leadership. It’s safe to say that in the last couple of years,…

Out with the Old-School Part 1: Sexism and Sandwiches 

The ‘Out with the Old-School’ series is based on the findings from Donna Cumming’s MA thesis. The study involved interviews and focus groups with 11 Canadian varsity women hockey players about their hockey leadership experiences, perceptions, and intentions. Most of this series will focus on women and hockey leadership, but this first post is all…

“Hang Up the Jersey, and Pull Out Your Best Gown”: Canada’s Drag Race Perpetuates the Divide Between Hockey and Drag in ~7 Minutes

Canada’s Drag Race (CDR) is a Canadian spin-off of the hit reality television show RuPaul’s Drag Race (RPDR). On the show, twelve drag queens compete for the title of “Canada’s Next Drag Superstar.” Each week the queens compete in different “mini” and “maxi” challenges to impress the judges and avoid elimination. One queen is eliminated…

The Mess that is Hockey Canada

As a kid, I revered the Hockey Canada logo. I think it’s an objectively good looking logo but, more than that, it represented something good about Canada. I bought my first Hockey Canada hat in high school and it was my most prized possession for a long time because the people who I looked up…