In light of the reckoning that needs to be happening in hockey this week, it seemed unconscionable to print this weekly installment as usual. College hockey is not exempt from these issues and is often the breeding ground for this type of culture. If we're going to celebrate that the NCAA is the development driver for women's international and pro hockey then we also need to own college hockey's role in creating, developing and harboring hurtful, hateful and dangerous ideas of misogyny, racism, homophobia, and other types of bigotry.
Today, instead of reading about this week's games, please take some time to read, learn and educate yourself today. Take some concrete steps to make hockey a better, safer, more accepting space.
Check the social media feeds of your favorite players. Turn a critical eye to what they have or haven't been saying this week. Give your support to the people who earn and deserve it.
BGHC Founder Renee Hess will be on Sportsnet's Top of [Her] Game on Sunday at 6:00 PM Eastern.
Saroya Tinker, the Metropolitan Riveters rookie targeted by Barstool for speaking out about their racism and sexism, is hosting a fundraise for the Black Girl Hockey Club Scholarship Fund. Donate to that here. Here's how a BGHC scholarship has already helped a team and a young Black player:
Jashvina Shah's Stick to Sports Podcast always deals with intersectionality in hockey, but her episode on white feminism is particularly important this week. Take the time to stop and listen.
Shah and Evan Moore are working on a book about ending toxicity in hockey culture. You can sign up here for their mailing list to receive a link for book pre-orders as soon as its available.
Marsha Joseph wrote for Victory Press about the opportunity the Toronto Six have to make hockey accessible and to involve marginalized communities when they are able to play home games in the Humber River-Black Creek area of Toronto.
If you're here, you probably already read and sat with this, but if you have questions about racism in hockey, please read this account from Akim Aliu about the vast array of racist actions big and small he has suffered through in order to play hockey.