Hockey Fans Need to Solve Their “Cool Girl” Problem

In the novel Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, the female narrator Amy espouses on multiple themes, including dishonesty, mistrust of women, and the female ideal, which she dubs the “Cool Girl.” This muse serves as the ultimate unattainable standard for women everywhere: “Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate their over the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 22, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

GUEST POST: what to do when the penny drops

(Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) This is a guest post from Cyndi B (@spintheiryarns) on how toxic behavior by public figures negatively affects fandom, involvement in sports, and fans themselves.  Read on for some tips on self-care and refocusing.  We don’t even have to state the name of the person who inspired this, because you […]

chillin at the rink, being kind of a journalist and kind of a fan? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN

on fans, media, and power imbalances in social media

Fandom is, well, kind of a whole thing.  Everyone starts somewhere when they like something, and often it’s like a high school crush: you’re infatuated to the point of lightheadedness, and everything related to your new passion feels dramatic and important.  I was like that with hockey and the NHL, and it made me goofy.  […]


this is not a crucifixion

There are no martyrs, and this isn’t personal.  There are no ringleaders.  And most importantly, there’s no intent, other than to create a critical dialogue around the treatment of women in sports media, and encourage organizations and teams to be realistic about what constitutes marginalization. Britt McHenry did something horrible, something unprofessional which hurt her […]

when the sports media weaponizes itself

This piece at Stanley Cup of Chowder was extremely illuminating in terms of understanding how the NHL media and teams often have a “mouthpiece” relationship, where the narrative is manipulated to serve the teams’ interests.  So on the other hand, a media source that seems to resist team narrative in the interest of reporting might […]


presented without comment (transphobia edition)

Here are collected comments from trans / nonbinary hockey fans about the following shitty and unnecessary joke about Bruce Jenner over at The Pensblog in their recap of the Pens’ loss to the Flyers on 4/1.  Will update as I receive more.  Thank you to all who reached out.  If you want to add yours […]

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 24: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens and Team Foligno and Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Team Foligno look on during the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay event of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Nationwide Arena on January 24, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

we’ve reached peak NHL, and the all-star game isn’t really important

I hinted at this in my recap of the first ever professional women’s hockey All-Star Game.  We kind of take the NHL All-Star Game for granted.  Let’s be real here and admit it.  Context is everything, and regardless of how many guys you want to crucify for missing the ASG this year, in the context […]

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Monique Lamoureux #7 of the United States body checks Jocelyne Larocque #3 of Canada during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

“girls will be girls”: fighting in women’s hockey

Late in the game this past Sunday, Boston Blades’ defense Monique Lamoureux (two-time Olympic silver medalist and one of the most versatile skaters in the women’s game) dropped her gloves and instigated a fight with Jamie Lee Rattray, one of the Brampton Thunder’s most threatening offensive players.  As Ryan Kennedy of THN pointed out, this […]

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 4:  Nic Petan #19 of Team Canada celebrates a goal with teammates Connor McDavid #17 and Curtis Lazar #26 against Team Slovakia during a semi-final game at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship at the Air Canada Centre on January 4, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Team Canada defeated Team Slovakia 5-1 to advance to the gold medal final. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

WMSJ: Unimpeachable Canadian Self-Aggrandizement

yet another special edition of White Male Sports Journalists As all of us well know, James Mirtle isn’t exactly known for his thoughtful reporting.  The Globe and Mail writer frequently makes it clear that he has blinders on regarding anything that doesn’t uphold the Good Canadian Boys of hockey culture.  He did write a very […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 18:  Simon Despres #47 of the Pittsburgh Penguins carries the puck up ice against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period at Consol Energy Center on December 18, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Daniel Kubus/Getty Images)

How the Penguins coaching staff is creating confidence without bullshit

Hi!  This is my first time writing an article/analysis that incorporates advanced statistics, so I’d like to thank war-on-ice.com for their brilliant work.  Also I just watched Simon Despres get smoked by Alex Killorn.  Obviously he’s not perfect or a world-beater.  But he’s one of my favorite players to watch, and his development is intriguing–both […]