Myth Busting, Part 3: “You get what you deserve”

Co-Authored by Brett Pardy and Courtney Szto *Note: We tend not to refer to the CWHL in the past tense in these posts because…it just feels wrong.* In 2001, Japan created a reality TV show titled, The Tigers of Money. This venture capitalist show was the impetus for the Dragons’ Den series that has been re-created…

Myth Busting, Part 2: “Time is All You Need”

Welcome to part two of the series Courtney Szto and I are writing on the dominant myths around the popularity of women’s hockey.  It is common for women’s professional hockey, executives, experts, and players to argue that it “takes time” for leagues to establish themselves, and to remember where the NHL was at the same point…

Renaissance Women Part 2: NWHL edition

Co-Authored by Brett Pardy and Courtney Szto Last month, we looked at one aspect that makes women’s sports far more interesting than men’s sports – that fact that women athletes have to cultivate a life beyond the playing surface. This is largely the result of different gender expectations, combined with a different high performance pathway,…

Renaissance Women of the CWHL

Co-Authored by Brett Pardy and Courtney Szto. Women’s sports, on the whole, is far more interesting than men’s sports. That’s right, we said it. We make this assertion based on the fact that women athletes have to cultivate a life outside of the playing field, even if only to make ends meet. But subsistence purposes…

The Time for Women’s Hockey is Now

“The story of women’s hockey is a tale of unimaginable progress while at the same time only scratching the surface of how far there is to go” (Alana Paterson, Globe and Mail, 2017). The CWHL has a new commissioner in Jayna Hefford and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Hefford is just the league’s second…

Links Round-Up: Hayley Wickenheiser hired by Maple Leafs; Anders Nilsson tackles homophobia; Mental illness and hockey labour; and more

Formerly known as “Weekly Links,” our round-up of important and interesting pieces from the hockey blogosphere and media now appears every 2-4 weeks. The Toronto Maple Leafs made a number of front office hires, which included some notable positions for women: Hayley Wickenheiser becomes Assistant Director of Player Development and Noelle Needham as an amateur…