In a tweet from Akim Aliu, it was revealed the Bill Peters, current head coach of the Calgary Flames, used the n-word several times in reaction to the music the then-rookie was playing. And people are surprised. My reaction was a bit different. I wasn’t surprised - if anything I was surprised a story like … Continue reading When Will Hockey Be For Everyone?
In June, Black Girl Hockey Club celebrated LGBTQ Pride all month long. BGHC started off the month helping to put together a street hockey activation with the New York Rangers and a basketball activation with the New York Knicks for the Hetrick-Martin Institute Youth Pride Festival in New York City on June 1st. Our street … Continue reading The Future of LGBTQ Intersectionality
The season is over for 8 teams, many of which had shocking results (Go Blue Jackets!). This means that for many, the best option is look towards the future. One very exciting prospect occurring in the near future is the addition of an expansion team in Seattle in 2021. Not only will a new city … Continue reading Redlining, Race, and Expansion Hockey
I remember when I first heard Devante Smith-Pelly was at the receiving end of racist taunts at a Chicago Blackhawks game in 2018. I assumed the worst case scenario initially, so when I discovered that the fans were chanting “basketball” at him, I was almost relieved. Obviously, the actions of the Chicago fans were racist … Continue reading The Power of Language
In 2013, the National Hockey League partnered with The 'You Can Play' Project, founded in 2012 by Patrick Burke, son of Brian Burke, former NHL executive and current hockey analyst. Since then, YCP nights have become an annual occurrence across the League, mandatory, with varied participation from each club. Most team celebrations consist of … Continue reading Politics, Sports, and Using the Platform For Change