How Nationalism + Masculinity Affect Women’s Hockey

Every four years, hockey fans in Canada and the United States gather around their televisions and in bars to cheer on this generation’s best rivalry on ice: the US women’s national ice hockey team versus the Canadian national women’s team. The Pyeongchang final drew almost 3 million viewers (for a midnight start) in the United…

What’s in a name? A lot, actually.

As someone who has had her surname mispronounced on a daily basis, this is a topic pretty close to home. If you’re wondering, Szto is easier than it looks, sounds like See-toe. Someone forgot the “e” on my dad’s birth certificate leaving us with three consonants in a row. So my late grandfather’s name was…

What We’re Missing About Donald Brashear’s New Job

Donald Brashear, veteran of 16 NHL seasons and over 200 fights, now works as a Tim Horton’s cashier. The national Canadian media felt this was a story we needed to know about (even if the National Post was unconcerned about what Brashear looked like, running a photo of fellow black enforcer Georges Laraque in his…

9 Questions with Kalley Armstrong

Kalley Armstrong was a multi-sport athlete before she headed to Harvard and racked up 66 points in her four years with the women’s hockey team. Today, the 28-year-old Armstrong is back in Canada pursuing her PhD at Western University in London, Ontario and paying it forward to the next generation through the creation of her…

Photo Essay: Toronto Dream Gap Tour

“Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would tell her story for her, or write her out of the story, the genealogy, the rights of man, the rule…

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…