Formerly around the room
Updated Feb 2018
- The pressure is on USA Women’s Olympic Team, after cutting veterans Carpenter & Bozek
- Hockey’s quintessential gentleman ambassador, Willie O’Ree, continues to inspire
- Corey Crawford’s unknown condition refocuses spotlight on concussions
- Power Play: Canadian Kyle Peterson walk 900 kilometers for mental health awareness
- Penalty Kill: Referee abuse is at an alarming high, but we wonder why we don’t have enough refs
Zoe: Olympics. USA Women’s Team. Cutting veterans Alex Carpenter and Megan Bozek is a risky move for Team USA. The pre-Christmas roster trim, in favor for Cayla Barnes, Hayle Skarupa, Sidney Morin puts added pressure on the team. Anything less than a Gold medal, will be widely considered a loss. Disputing the chemistry of the team that fought Team USA–and won–even has USA’s rivals in Canada scratching their heads.
Shirt Sam: Diversity. Willie O’Ree. This month marked the 60th anniversary of the NHL breaking the color barrier. Willie O’Ree (82) skated his first shift for the Boston Bruins in a 3-0 win at the Montreal Forum on January 18, 1958. I love that Boston was the first NHL team to have that courage. (Boston was filled with racial strife in the 1970’s, due to bussing.) I also love the positive light this important anniversary is bringing to our sport. We’ve never met Mr. O’Ree, but by all accounts he is a perfect gentleman. I love that. It is a perfect trifecta! (Story from Associated Press, via NBC)
Related: At 82, Willie O’Ree continues to inspire players of all ages. (NBC Sports)
Boomer: Concussions. Post Concussion Syndrome. This month Black Hawks’ senior advisor, Scotty Bowman, speculated goaltender Corey Crawford could be out for the season–or forever–due to Post Concussion Syndrome. This is very real. It is our responsibility, as coaches, to keep this concussion information top-of-mind and not let it fall into the white noise category. Some NHL writers have criticized the Black Hawks for being too tight-lipped about Crawford’s condition. I’m sure we’ll see more on this, especially if Crawford doesn’t return soon. (Story from NHL Trade Rumors)
Power Play: Puck Off Mental Health. Hockey Players making a difference. From Hockey Canada: WALKING FOR MENTAL HEALTH (Story From Hockey Canada)
Battling with anxiety and depression, Kyle Patterson felt at home when he was at the rink. So he took his passion for hockey and walked more than 900 kilometres from Calgary to Vancouver to raise funds and awareness for those battling with mental illness.
Penalty Kill: Officiating. Something needs to happen. We complain there aren’t enough referees. We complain about the quality of officiating. We complain but have we ever wondered why? This may be a large part of the problem. Lily Bianchi recalls an experience she had, as a 17 year-old referee.
“Perhaps the worst experience I had involved the anger of a coach. My hands were shaking, my voice trembling. The coach knew me, he even coached me, but that didn’t seem to stop him. He was so angry and just kept yelling and yelling. I left the rink quickly, with my head down that day.”
No 17 year-old should ever leave the rink fearing for her safety. The rink should be a safe place for everyone–players, parents, coaches, and referees! (Story from AHAI)
Related: Around the Room for teams (Coming Soon). A great way for players to see the game beyond their own play, and other benefits.
About this feature
Loose Pucks is a quick roundup of stories that made an impression on one of us. The link will take you to the original story. Power Play is a spotlight on something good in our game. Penalty Kill is something that needs to change for the better. Loose Pucks is a recurring feature here, on Hockey Dawg. We hope you enjoy it.