Hej då, Alfie

I wrote another guest post at High Heels and High Sticks, this time about Daniel Alfredsson’s retirement.

The Senators don’t have Cups (or a long and storied history… or multiple conference finals…. or playoff wins against our closest rivals…). But we had a great player to call our own, and a good man to call us his. My eyes stayed remarkably dry throughout warmups, too caught up in the sheer pleasure of watching him take sure, steady strides across the ice and lead the whole team in a game of keep-away as though they were a Timbits soccer team. We were a frozen cornfield full of love for him last night, and he deserved every clapping breath of it.

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Hockey Fights DV

I’m joining up with #hockeyfightsDV, a fan-run effort to raise both funds and awareness to combat domestic violence and support survivors of violence. Violence against women has been on the forefront of the NHL for quite a while, with high-profile arrests of Semyon Varlamov and Sasha Voynov in the last year. There are a myriad of other troubling incidents with regards to sexism and violence against women present in hockey: from Harry Zolnierczyk to the OHL players sending harassing and threatening messages to women on tinder. It’s important to talk about these incidents and issues, and it’s also important to support organizations that are helping and protecting survivors of violence.

To that end, I will be donating $1 to the Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group (MWAG) every time Erik Karlsson or Phil Kessel scores. Erik Karlsson is my favourite player and is a great role model in the NHL for leadership, shots from the point (I’m incorrigible), and charity. He does a lot of work with animal shelters and is an outspoken advocate for mental health, self-care, and “[being] nice to yourself.” Phil Kessel is another of my favourite players, and is also a big charity guy – a cancer survivor himself, he sponsors a box for children fighting cancer at ever Leafs home game.


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MWAG operates two 24-hour crisis shelters for abused women and their children in Ontario – Muskoka Interval House in Bracebridge and Chrysalis in Huntsville, which also offer supportive transitional housing units for vulnerable women. Their website also has important information for women in trouble, and provides tips on how to cover your tracks online and prevent your abuser from knowing you are seeking help.

I will also be donating 50 cents to a similar group in Ottawa for every point that Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn score together. (They’ve got an attached-at-the-hip-and-wear-each-others’-gloves thing going on. I don’t know what it is but I like it.) I’m still doing some research on the best places to donate – I’m looking into the trans-inclusive policies of a few organizations, and would like to support somewhere that works with new immigrants and First Nations women. I’ve got a few in mind, but let me know if you have any suggestions!

My current budget for additional charity is small, but I’m hoping to get a bunch of friends on board as well. Just pick a stat, pick a reputable organization doing good work, tally at the end of the month, and encourage others to do the same.

This is a great initiative – it was started by Alexandra Edwards and is, according to the official tumblr, “modelled after LA Kings captain Dustin Brown’s own fundraising efforts.” I encourage you all to make your own pledge, however big or small. You can make it fun if you want – $2 for every Bobrovsky-Foligno hug, $50 for every John Scott goal (…maybe pick something else, on second thought), $1 every time PK Subban does something that makes you need a moment to calm down, $5 every time the Leafs or Oilers outshoot the other team, $10 every time Jo Drouin and Nate MacKinnon score in the same week – anything you want!

Photography Credit: Ben Holland Photography

I’m hiring!

The Quidditch Canda communications department is looking for a whole host of awesome, creative volunteers for this upcoming season – if you’re a photographer, videographer, translator, writer, or blogger, I want you on my team! You can find all the applications here.

Staff Writer/Blogger – We’re going to be doing something really interesting on the site: we’re going to have clever analysis and great league content, and we’re also going to have fully-integrated personal blogs as part of our regular coverage. We’re looking for creative folks to go beyond current quidditch coverage and bring us #hot #takes and more analysis than you can shake a PVC broom at.

Staff Photographer – Pitch your tripod with us and help us show the many faces of quidditch! Staff photographers will cover games and tournaments and work together with comms staff to make fun and beautiful campaigns. You’ll make our game look prettier than we’ve ever known it could be.

Videographer – Canada’s been behind the pack on video coverage of quidditch, and I want to help change that and bring us right to the front. This goes beyond just game footage (although we’ll have that too). Help us create highlight reels, player interviews, video campaigns, and all kinds of amazing moving picture tricks.

Translator – I’m looking to create a crack team of bilingual rock stars to help make our league fully accessible no matter which official language you speak. Translation is code for expansion, inclusion, and clever wordplay. This won’t be all rote word-for-word translation of boring administrative policy posts – we’re going to have fun, engaging content in both languages. Apply bas!

The organizing staff for Canada Day Fantasy 2013 in all their exhausted glory. Photo Credit: Rithy Min.


C’est quoi un rouge (et noir)?

This summer I’ve had the awesome opportunity of working with OSEG Media as part of the Ottawa REDBLACKS Social Team for home games in their inaugural season.

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I’m part of an awesome team who roam the grounds of TD Place and tweet, take pictures of fans and moments, and help create online conversations about the team. It’s been a fantastic experience so far, and I’m really excited to do some cool things with the rest of the home games.

I’m certainly not new to sports and social media, but I’m relatively new to football – a few years ago, most of my prior knowledge and experience of the CFL involved this segment of the Things Saskatchewanians Say video and having to explain the differences between the CFL and the NFL to various American friends. I’m a pretty quick learner, so I’ve picked up a lot in a short while. (I’ve got “12 players on at a time, field is 110 yards and it’s 3 downs instead of 4” down pat.)

I have no problem watching sports I only vaguely understand (hello, luge!), but did a lot of reading and watching games with friends who know football – friends who know football are, on the whole, very good friends – and now know my rouges from my field goals. (Well, okay. I already knew that.)



If you’re in Ottawa or nearby (or hey, in another CFL city), definitely make sure you come to a REDBLACKS game. The food’s good, the game’s fantastic, and when good things happen there are chainsaw noise effects*.

*That might just be up my personal alley, but I maintain that it’s fantastic.


Team Canada at the IQA Global Games 2014

Team Canada is competing this weekend in Burnaby against 6 other nations – in quidditch. The Global Games is a biennial event (the previous one was held in Oxford, UK and featured 4 nations), and I’m super excited for this year’s team and event. 

Andrew Robillard of Stuffed Motion made us an amazing (so amazing I was making excited raptor noises upon my first viewing) promo video that I wanted to share:

The schedule and more information about the event can be found on the U.S. Quidditch website – if you’re in the Burnaby area this Saturday, make sure to check it out! It’s not often you get to watch quidditch world championships. I’ll be working my social media thumbs for the Ottawa REDBLACKS’ first home game on Friday night so I won’t be in Burnaby for the Games to cheer on Team Canada, but I’ll be covering the lead-up on Quidditch Canada’s twitter and facebook

hockey, Uncategorized

The fantastic people at High Heels High Sticks asked me to write a guest post on the state of concussions in the NHL.

NHL players are grown men who I would like to be able to trust to make their own decisions regarding their health and ability to contribute to their team after a hard hit, but they don’t exist in a vacuum, and neither does the culture that informs those decisions or the lies their coaches tell us.

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