[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…

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,…

Selling White Goodness: The NHL’s Tyler Seguin Video

The music swelled over 44 seconds of Instagram comments praising Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin, across images of Seguin at a Black Lives Matter Protest in a now deleted NHL.com video. The accompanying Tweet read “Listen. Learn. Use your platform to encourage others to do the same” (none of which this video was doing). The…