Weekly Links: Remembering the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crash; Hockey Canada’s new transgender policies; World Cup of Hockey anthem controversies; and more

September 7 marked the 5th anniversary of the tragic airplane crash that took the lives of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) players and staff, as well as the airplane staff. R.I.P. [Sportsnet] It is 5 years since the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crash killed 44 players/staff. 4 years ago we reflected on the tragedy. https://t.co/KLew23oIMB — Hockey in…

Fighting, ‘Objectivity’, and Media Advocacy

By Alvin Ma “It is one of the most disgusting, brutal parts of NHL hockey…it seems absurd, so why doesn’t it change?” By now, many people have seen or heard of the head injury that George Parros of the Montreal Canadians sustained in a fight on the opening night of the National Hockey League season.…

Mo’ Than Just a Moustache – Hockey, masculinity and Movember

By Matt Ventresca “Hey man, nice moustache.” Throughout the month of November, this male-to-male greeting appears more common than any other simple platitude, salutation or secret handshake. It has become so ubiquitous that it almost needs no introduction: for the past month, countless men across the globe have grown moustaches to “raise vital funds and…

In Their Own Words: Sports Illustrated Talks to NHL Enforcers

The latest issue of Sports Illustrated has a fascinating and disturbing article by Austin Murphy about fighting and fighters in the NHL. The article is notable for its extensive interview excerpts, including statements from current or former enforcers George Parros, Tony Twist, Shawn Thornton, Todd Fedoruk, Lyndon Byers, Kelly Chase, and Jim McKenzie. I fully…