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The Chicago Blackhawks are currently being sued by a former player who is accusing an assistant coach of sexual assault in 2010, at the time the team largely ignored the allegations. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

From the Chicago Blackhawks to Washington’s football team, there’s an urgent need for more accountability in pro sports

Incidents of sexual misconduct, and how they have been handled, highlight the lack of accountability in professional sports, and the problems that this situation creates.
Canada’s Sarah Fillier celebrates her goal during overtime play of a women’s hockey game against the United States in a pre-Olympic Games series in October 2021. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

CBC commitment to men’s hockey: At best a missed opportunity for women’s, at worst a slap in the face

The audience for women’s professional hockey is waiting to be recognized and realized by the same energy and commitment broadcasters devote to men’s hockey.
Men in a league of senior hockey players show more concern about each other than the score of the game. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

For the love of the game: What old men’s hockey can teach young players

Canadians love hockey and many play the sport well into their senior years. A researcher who spent time with a Silver Skaters league found their unique love of the game could help younger players.
Male pileated woodpecker. FotoRequest/Shutterstock.com

How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

Pecking holes in a solid wood tree trunk would give you a headache, if not serious brain damage. What special assets allow a woodpecker to do it?
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates after his team won the NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans on Jan. 12, 2020. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

How sports fans respond to their teams’ wavering odds of winning

Watching the chances of victory change injects life into sports, both real and fantasy.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, of Sweden, looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Vancouver, on Dec. 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The NHL’s culture problems have policy solutions

Hockey’s scandals don’t have to persist if the federal government and the leagues can come together around the new safe sport policies.
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?

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