Talking About Hockey Talks: The NHL and Mental Health

Every February since 2013, the seven Canadian NHL teams host Hockey Talks, a NHLPA led program aimed at “destigmatizing” mental illness. The effort was initiated by former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa after teammate Rick Rypien’s suicide in 2011. In addition to media spots, public service announcements, and the hashtag #hockeytalks, the team’s websites link…

Weekly Links: NWHL’s transgender policy; Hockey culture’s “inferiority complex”; Steve Downie critiques Don Cherry; and more

After a holiday hiatus, the Weekly Links are back! The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! The NWHL has released a comprehensive policy on transgender athletes competing in its league. Jen Neale breaks down the policy, which was crafted in consultation with You Can Play and…

Weekly Links: Critiquing media coverage of Harrison Browne; Questioning violence in UK hockey; Marketing Auston Matthews; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! A really insightful and thoughtful critique of masculinity in hockey and media coverage on the announcement by  Harrison Browne, of the NWHL Buffalo Beauts, that he is a transgendered man. A really important read that is definitely worth your time…

Pride tape: Real change or rainbow washing?

On Sunday, the Edmonton Oilers took to the ice for their annual skills competition with rainbow coloured “pride tape” in support of LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) communities and players. The tape was launched in late 2015 by the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (ISMSS) with the following approach: How can the hockey world…