Reaction to  CBC’s upcoming new Cup Final webcast “While The Men Watch Hockey”, making the NHL from non-elite hockey nations, a comments about CBA fears, and more.


Is a new hockey show aimed at women actually demeaning to them?

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney notes the backlash to the CBC’s announcement of a live webcast show “While the Men Watch” during the Stanley Cup Final.

RAW CHARGE: Cassie McClellan suggests the show may appeal to some women, but not to female hockey fans.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner believes the sexism backlash over the show is overblown.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m in agreement with Daniel on this. I respect Cassie’s opinion and agree the show isn’t targeted at female hockey fans, who love the sport for the same reasons male hockey fans do, but as Daniel observes, that’s the point. It’s aimed at women who don’t have interest in the game, hoping to find a way to attract their attention to the sport and hopefully turn them into fans.

It remains to be seen if the show will be a hit or a flop, let alone if it’ll be demeaning to women. What bothers me about this backlash is that it arose before the first show airs. Critics have based their opinion on the “Hockey meets Sex and the City” concept in the show’s description, and assume it’s going to be insulting to  women, a sort of “Hockey Explained for Puckbunnies”. Perhaps that’s what it will be, and if so, then the criticism will be justified, but the backlash would hold more validation after the show was aired, when folks can see what it’s actually about, then draw their conclusions. For all we know, it could actually be half-decent. Maybe even good. If so, those who raised their voices in protest before the show aired will look really stupid for jumping the gun. 

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham examines the difficulty for players from “n0n-elite hockey countries”, like Slovenia’s Anze Kopitar, to make the NHL.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla explains why talk of an NHL lockout is premature. I agree with Eric, but I hope he’s accustomed to swimming against the tide of public opinion, because there’s a growing feeling among fans, bloggers and pundits another work stoppage is coming.

DEFENDING BIG D: Josh Lile on the consequence for the Dallas Stars of a new contract for goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who has one year left on his current deal and will be eligible for UFA status next summer

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Alexander Monaghan believes the New Jersey Devils forecheck has made the difference in their Eastern Conference Final against the NY Rangers.