Episode 9: Hockey Riot in Canada

 

A History of Le Smashy-Smash

There have been at least 8 recorded hockey riots in Canadian history. While often dismissed as simply drunken hooliganism, these events actually reveal important social & class tensions, and we can learn a lot from them. On today’s episode of Changing on the Fly, we walk you through a brief history of hockey riots, starting with the Maurice Richard Riot in Montreal on March 17, 1955, and ending with the most recent, the Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot of June, 2011.

Our guests on the program today are Dr. Jenny Ellison, Curator of Sports and Leisure with the Canadian Museum of History, and co-editor of the anthology “Hockey: Challenging Canada’s National Game”, as well as Franklin Lopez, independent journalist and founder of the anarchist video collective Submedia. Continue reading “Episode 9: Hockey Riot in Canada”

Arenas on Stolen Land – Edmonton’s Rogers Place & Gentrification

 

 

Today on the podcast, we go to Alberta.

 

 

The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are sworn enemies on the ice, their rivalry known as the ‘Battle of Alberta’. And off the ice, the way these cities approach their hockey infrastructure couldn’t be any more different. Calgary residents recently voted in a referendum to refuse the city’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, and the city is also adamantly refusing to pour public money into building a new arena for the Flames. Meanwhile 3 hours up the road in Edmonton, the Oilers moved into their shiny new digs at Roger’s Place in 2016, at a cost of $313 million to local taxpayers. And to top it off, the new arena is contributing to the forced displacement of an urban Indigenous community just down the street.
On today’s episode, we’re joined by Rylan Kafara and Jay Scherer from the University of Alberta, who have both been studying the impacts of Roger’s Place on their city. Rylan gives us a tour of the surrounding area, and they both break it all down for us.

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Episode 7 – Making Hockey History w/ Jessica Platt

 

On this episode of the podcast, we bring you an exclusive and candid conversation with Jessica Platt of the Toronto Furies! On January 10, 2018, Jessica made history when she came out as the first trans pro hockey player in Canada. And she did so in a beautiful message posted to Instagram, encouraging other young trans athletes to be their true selves, and follow their dreams. In our interview, Jessica tells us her story about growing up, falling in love with hockey, her struggles that forced her to leave the game, and then coming back to the very top.

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Episode 6 – McGill Redmen: Change the Name

 

On this episode of Changing On The Fly, we kick it with Tomas Jirousek, an Indigenous student athlete at McGill University in Montreal. He’s a rower, former hockey player, hailing from the Kainai First Nation in Alberta, and he’s been leading the charge to get McGill to change their racist varsity team name – The Redmen.

Then, we take you to a recent demonstration held at McGill on this issue, and we’ll hear from Nakuset of the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter, and Denzel Sutherland-Wilson, another Indigenous athlete at McGill (from the Gitxan nation). Continue reading “Episode 6 – McGill Redmen: Change the Name”

Episode 5 – Toxic Masculinity, Homophobia & The Prime-Minister of Saturday Night

 

On this episode of Changing on the Fly, we take on the double-headed beast of toxic masculinity and homophobia in hockey. We start by looking at the greatest and oldest fountain of toxic masculinity in hockey broadcasting, Don Cherry of Coach’s Corner. But then, to look at something uplifting and inspiring, we’ll hear about one of the most widespread activist movements to combat homophobia in sports, the You Can Play project. Continue reading “Episode 5 – Toxic Masculinity, Homophobia & The Prime-Minister of Saturday Night”

Episode 4 – Power Play: How Feminism is Changing Hockey

 

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On this episode, we’ll hear a round-table discussion called “Power Play: How Women Can Change Sports Journalism and Hockey”. The event was recorded in the Feminist Media Studio of Concordia University on January 31st, 2018.

The guests are:
-Meg Hewings, General Manager of Les Canadiennes
-Robyn Flynn, sports reporter for TSN 690 and The Athletic
-Safia Ahmad, former sports reporter for The Link, and current Media Relations Manager for Les Canadiennes

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Episode 3 – Gritty: The Anti-Fascist Hockey Hero

 

How did Gritty, the new mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, become the new mascot for the American anti-fascist movement? Gritty is a huge, ugly, scary orange monster, who comes to us at a time when there is an equally huge, ugly, scary orange monster in the White House.

We’re joined on this episode by Mark Bray, history professor & the author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” to talk about Gritty, hockey, and what the antifa movement actually is. Since we’re talking about Pennsylvania and fascism, we also reflect on the recent tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, and pay our respects to the victims. May their memories be for a blessing. Continue reading “Episode 3 – Gritty: The Anti-Fascist Hockey Hero”

Episode 2 – Race and Racism in Hockey

 

If you look at the face of hockey, it’s about as white as the ice the game is played on. But if you start to scratch the surface, you start to notice that not only is the game much more diverse than you think, but also that people of color have a long and celebrated history in the sport. Yet still, racism and racial discrimination run rampant throughout the sport today.

On this episode of Changing on the Fly, we take on the topics of race and racism in hockey. We’ll hear about the amazing history of the Coloured Hockey Leauge in Nova Scotia in the late 1800s, how racism manifests itself on the ice, but also about how some players are standing up with a fist in the air. Continue reading “Episode 2 – Race and Racism in Hockey”

Episode 1: This Game We Love, On Stolen Land

 

 

 

Welcome to the very first episode of Changing on the Fly, a podcast about hockey and social justice.

On this episode, we lace up the skates and hit the ice to talk about colonialism in hockey, and the Indigenous hockey experience. What does it mean to call hockey “Canada’s game” while Canada is a country built on stolen Native land? We’re gonna take a deep dive into hockey’s role in Canada’s residential schools, the presence of Native mascots in sports, and the changing role of Indigenous hockey players in the NHL today. Continue reading “Episode 1: This Game We Love, On Stolen Land”

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