Hockey Sports

Equality on ice: women hockey players win a world profile

The West German women managed just 12 shots on the Canadian net, and the Swedes only three. In return, the Canadians blasted 119 shots at their weaker European opponents in two games and outscored them by 32 goals to one. Despite the mismatches and lopsided scores, organizers of the first Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship, held last week in Ottawa, expressed pleasure about a new profile for a little-known brand of the game. The Sports Network (TSN) televised four games nationally and about 85 journalists from six countries were accredited to cover the tournament. Organizers said that their next objective…

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How privatization and professionalization are remaking the sport I love

The local public ice rink and the non-profit minor hockey association are fast becoming relics. Neither is likely to survive the juggernaut of a new culture of privatized minor sport administration. The concept of the hockey “season” is also becoming antiquated. The word implies a distinct beginning and an end. But in the all-consuming world of elite minor hockey, the “season” now often runs from August to August. Even the term “athlete” will soon be consigned to the dustbin of history. Its longstanding association with well roundedness and an amateur ethic bears little relation to the hyper-specialized professionalization that today…