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Canadian Hockey League: In defence of the rights of junior hockey players

CHLIn 2012, an unsuccessful attempt was initiated to launch a Canadian Hockey League Players Association (CHLPA) to restrict the exploitation of youth by private capital. It was amazing how quickly the powerful sports media, which is tied hand-in-glove with professional hockey and the big telecom interests, admitted to “abuses” while suffocating the organizers with a barrage of innuendo. RYAN LUNN reports on a new initiative to defend the rights of young athletes. Continue reading

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Newspapers could do a better job with concussion coverage: study

Cropped_brain_injuryAlthough brain injuries are greater in cycling and skiing as activities, it is professional hockey that is drawing attention. This is due to the serious risk, media glorification of violence and its infuence on youth, and the criminal negligence of big capital, which controls professional sports. DAN RALPH of Canadian Press reports on a new study that provides some information on the role of the media. The concentration of ownership of the monopoly media and NHL teams is not part of the study and is overlooked. Governance is a key issue, the study concludes, saying “We need to look at having new voices in how sports are governed …”

THERE has been a dramatic improvement in some news reporting on the severity and impact of concussions and serious brain injuries in hockey but journalists shouldn’t get carried away patting themselves on the back, according to a study of coverage in four North American newspapers.

Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, says in a study of selected news coverage over the past 25 years that there’s plenty of room for improvement regarding the print media’s coverage of the issue. Continue reading

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Rinks in Arctic turn to cooling systems

Winter has come to the vast, northernmost reaches of Canada, the sparsely populated area surrounding the Arctic Circle historically characterized by severely cold weather. But, according to JEFF Z. KLEIN in the New York Times, these days refrigeration systems are needed to keep the ice cold at hockey arenas. Continue reading

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Frozen meat

Frozen meat

The Canadian Junior Hockey System treats youth like cattle and the sports media deserve their share of the blame

By ANDY PREST*

VANCOUVER (1 June 2005) – THE HOCKEY superstars of the future have been on display with the playoffs of the just-completed Memorial Cup, the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). With NHL players locked out, the CHL, featuring players 15 to 20 years old, was the best hockey puck-starved Canadians can find these days. Continue reading

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