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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with teammates Auston Matthews and John Tavares during first period NHL hockey action in Sunrise, Fla. on April 16, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Toronto Maple Leafs should not play hardball with its Core Four players

The Toronto Maple Leafs have important decisions to make this offseason. One of them should be to keep their word.
Part of what makes the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship so unique is its inherent focus on fostering cultural unity and pride. (Shutterstock)

The National Aboriginal Hockey Championship celebrates the strength of Indigenous sporting communities

The National Aboriginal Hockey Championship honours the resiliency of Indigenous Peoples while presenting youth with the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.
A mathematical approach known as ‘true score theory’ can assess the contribution of luck to a team’s overall success. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The luck of the puck in the Stanley Cup – why chance plays such a big role in hockey

With low-scoring games and a preponderance of deflected shots, randomness is much more likely to color NHL teams’ records than those of squads in the other four major US pro sports leagues.
People walking on a pathway watch crews flood the ice on the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa on Feb. 17, 2024. The Skateway opened in late January but mild weather and freezing rain forced it to close after only four days. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

How global warming is reshaping winter life in Canada

Global warming is melting away an iconic cornerstone of Canadian culture — outdoor skating.
In 2023, the House of Commons’ heritage committee passed a motion directing Hockey Canada to hand over a report from an investigation into allegations of sexual assault involving members of the 2018 world junior team. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

In high-profile sexual assault trials, rape myths and the social status of the defendants can affect jurors’ perceptions

Five world junior hockey players are facing sexual assault charges stemming from a 2018 incident. Research has shown that rape myths and social status can affect jurors’ perceptions in high-profile cases.
Exploring the interaction between the heart and the brain, known as the heart-brain axis, has shown how heart function changes due to a concussion. (Shutterstock)

Repeated concussions can alter heart activity and impact the ‘heart-brain’ axis

Concussion doesn’t just affect the brain, but the whole body. The interaction of the ‘heart-brain axis’ means that as the brain works to heal its injury, it puts extra stress on the heart.
Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks players and spectators stand for a moment of silence for Adam Johnson, before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Oct. 31, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Hockey organizations need to address the psychological impacts of team trauma, not just the physical ones

Hockey culture’s tendency to prefer attributes like mental toughness over emotional vulnerability can damage athletes when they’re confronted with traumatic events. This needs to change.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks gather at center ice before an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, on Oct. 30, 2023, to honour former Penguin player Adam Johnson who died while playing in an English hockey league game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Hockey’s wake-up call: Neck guards should be mandatory following Adam Johnson’s death

The death of hockey player Adam Johnson calls for improvements in player safety and protective gear design.
Nike has made it clear that its support of Hockey Canada is contingent on the organization behaving in a transparent and accountable manner. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

What the end of Nike’s sponsorship means for Hockey Canada

The unique relationship between Nike and Hockey Canada makes the end of their decades-long sponsorship especially notable.
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nicolas Hague celebrates after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers during Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series on May 12 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

As teams from the U.S. Sun Belt proceed to the Stanley Cup finals, has the NHL forgotten its Canadian fans?

Should Canadian hockey fans be frustrated with the success of non-traditional hockey markets at the expense of Canadian teams?
Canadian sport is in crisis. Only significant change and oversight can end the cycle of scandals and controversies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

To mend the shredded fabric of Canadian sport, Canada needs an independent standards commission

The recent measures announced by the sport minister are a step in the right direction. But Canada needs an independent commission to monitor and prevent abuse in sport.
Snoop Dogg shouted out Canada’s First Nations in his ongoing social media campaign to promote his bid to buy the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. Snoop posted a video to Instagram in a recording studio and wearing an Ottawa Senators jersey. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Handout: Instagram @snoopdogg

The Ottawa Senators bidding war is about a lot more than ticket sales and star power

The Ottawa Senators’ bidding war has important lessons about speculation and financialization in pro sports.
Edmonton Oilers left wing Evander Kane is congratulated after scoring his third goal against the Seattle Kraken during the third period of an NHL hockey game on March 18, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

What a viral meme about Evander Kane can tell us about white supremacy in hockey

The viral Kane vs. Karen meme invites the viewer to see the parallels between the actions of a white female hockey fan, surrounded by white onlookers, towards a Black player surrounded by referees.
Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares celebrates his game-winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs on April 29 in Tampa, Fla. It’s the Leafs first playoff series win since 2004. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Leafs and Oilers in the NHL playoffs: Can I cheer on a team I usually hate?

Why do many Canadian hockey fans feel the urge to support teams they would ordinarily delight in rooting against?

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