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Don Cherry, left, at the Manitoba Legislature building in Winnipeg, September 2009, as part of the “Honouring Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Day,” and Archie Bunker, right. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Afexa Life Sciences Inc./ YouTube

What Don Cherry, Canada’s Archie Bunker, shows us about cancel culture

Without implying that Don Cherry is deserving of a second chance given his track record, it wouldn't be a bad thing if bridged differences resulted in redemption instead of cancellation.
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with a helmet during a National Football League game Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Myles Garrett, Don Cherry and the changing nature of the sports boys club

Attempts to disrupt or challenge normative, sporty masculinity has been met by outrage by those who cannot see nor hear the tribalism and male privilege of masculinized spaces like locker rooms.
Don Cherry, seen here in 2014 as Rogers unveiled its team for the network’s NHL coverage, has rasied difficult questions for Canadians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Don Cherry’s xenophobia forces Canada to grapple with tough questions

Can Canadians pick up Don Cherry's discussion from here, and have respectful and inclusive discussions about how we can do better in terms of how we treat and regard newcomers?
Former Les Canadiennes de Montréal players Mélodie Daoust, Marie-Philip Poulin and Ann-Sophie Bettez wait for their shift at a Dream Gap Tour game in Toronto. (Courtney/flickr)

A union of women’s hockey players looking for a league of its own

Professional women's hockey is trying to emerge from a crisis by creating a players' union to improve pay and working conditions.
Youth hockey’s play-to-win culture means that children’s personal development is pushed to the side in pursuit of victory. Shutterstock

Play-to-win attitudes in youth hockey sacrifice personal development for victory

Organized sports can foster positive development in children. However, the competitive nature of youth hockey produces a pressure-to-win environment, where personal development is pushed to the side.
Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen is scored on by Montreal Canadiens’ Andrew Shaw during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

From the penalty box to the ballot box, our brains are wired for tribalism

Our neural hardware responds differently when we perceive people to be on "our team." This hard-wiring allows for both positive and negative biases.
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, centre, holds Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors basketball action in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Raptors have won their first NBA title in franchise history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Raptors win! Does that mean basketball will replace hockey as Canada’s favourite sport?

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions. The team's success has propelled basketball’s lore to a level never before reached among Canadians. Will it surpass hockey as Canada's favourite game?
Toronto Raptors fans sing the Canadian anthem at what’s dubbed “Jurassic Park” before the first game of the NBA Finals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

We the North: The Toronto Raptors playoff success represents a shift in Canadian identity

Hockey is often considered Canada's national sport, but with the changing demographics of the country and the rising success of the Toronto Raptors, basketball is also seen as a national sport.
A local Winnipeg Jets tradition – the Whiteout Street Party – has been the source of controversy. Is it political correctness run amok or is the name insensitive to racialized people? THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

How an NHL street party caused a social media storm about racism

A celebration for the Winnipeg Jets turned controversial when an anti-racist group challenged a "make Winnipeg white again" headline about the city's NHL playoff "whiteout" parties.
Markham Thunder players celebrate winning the 2018 Clarkson Cup final as champions of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The CWHL has announced it will cease operations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan

The death of the CWHL presents a new opportunity for women’s professional hockey

When the Canadian Women's Hockey League announced it was folding, it was seen as a setback for women's hockey. But history suggests the death of one hockey league leads to new opportunities.
Edmonton’s new NHL arena opened in 2016 and was partially funded by $226 million from the City of Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Offside: The secret deals involving public money for sports stadiums

The Calgary Flames are the latest pro sports team asking for public funds for a new arena. Cities across North America help fund sports facilities, but with little transparency and accountability
Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana jumps into the arms of Alex Ovechkin (8) after scoring the go-ahead goal during Game 5 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs. Cheer for the Caps this Stanley Cup final if you’re hoping the stock market performs well. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Hoping for a bullish stock market? Cheer for the Washington Capitals

The Stanley Cup winner has proven to be a weirdly accurate stock market predictor. That's why we should cheer for the Washington Capitals this year.
Billy Bridges of Canada and Kevin McKee of the U.S. in action during the para ice hockey gold medal game at the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Bob Martin/Olympic Information Service)

Understanding the science of para ice hockey

Athletes competing in para hockey at the Paralympic Games in South Korea have unique biomechanical skills. A Canadian researcher explains how beginners in the sport can improve their skating skills.
South Korea’s goalie Shin So-jung reacts after giving up a goal to Switzerland in the first game played by the combined Koreas women’s hockey team the 2018 Winter Olympics. Korea lost its opening game 8-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Player or pawn? Women’s hockey, the Olympics and the Korean dynamic

The joint South Korean-North Korean women's Olympic hockey team has angered fans of the game and raised concerns about athlete morale. But the media spotlight is actually good for the game.
Brain damage linked to concussions in football can resemble that found in elderly and comatose patients but there may be ways to prevent it so the sport continues. Toronto Argonauts’ Jeffrey Finley, left, rushes to take down Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell in this August file photo. ( THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Grey Cup haunted by brain injury risk — but doesn’t have to be

Concussions in football and other contact sports correlate with severe, long-term brain damage — but science shows it doesn't have to be that way.

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