Changing the culture of hockey
Lately, a lot of serious questions are being asked about hockey - around diversity, bullying, hazing, and concussions. Meet five Canadians who are fighting to change the culture of the game they love so much.
Across the country hockey season is getting started and players, from peewee to the NHL, are hitting the ice.
But is everyone welcome to play?
Lately, a lot of serious questions are being asked about the sport. Questions about diversity, bullying, hazing, and concussions.
Today on Now or Never, meet people who are fighting to change the culture of the game they love so much.
- When Debora Barkun and her family walk into their local hockey arena, they're usually the only Black people there. Debora shares the fears and anxieties that led her to learning everything she can about the game.
- Brock McGillis is the first openly gay professional hockey player. Now he's trying to push back against conformity in the game - with one simple question he asks in the locker room.
- Trevor and Ify head to the rink to talk with kids and parents about their favourite hockey moments, and how the game has changed.
- Join friends Chad Hay and A.J. Keller as they go shopping for hockey cages, after a terrifying close call in a game.
- Twenty-eight years ago, Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game. Today, she's still changing the game - this time as a coach.
- For almost 20 years, Lorne Webber thought he would never be able to play hockey again. Then he discovered the Edmonton SeeHawks blind hockey team.
This episode originally aired in Oct. 2020