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.
  • If you aren't already following along with and engaging Black Girl Hockey Club, please start now. They have a wealth of information and resources and are putting themselves out there to do the work and we all need to be supporting and centering them. Take their Get Uncomfortable Pledge. Donate. Follow them on Twitter. Utilize their resources.
  • 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:

If you know of any other good pieces about race and representation in hockey, please feel free to send them our way!

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