Referee Abuse Demands Meaningful Action, Not Cosmetic Changes

The conventional structure of a hockey game, in which participants are penalized for breaking the rules and penalties increase depending on the severity of the violation, is not suitable to address verbal abuse of officials. A new approach is necessary and needed urgently. The green armband is not a new approach; it’s more of the same. While hockey “listens and learns”, officials are suffering.

Guest Post: A Green Arm Band is a Target, Not a Solution

Madison Danford (@maddydanford) is a first year PhD student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is working with Dr. Courtney Szto in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies in the socio-cultural stream. Madison is interested in hockey, gender, intersectionality, nationalism and identity. Her Master’s thesis examined the experiences of women ice hockey officials…