While The Men Watch has become a pretty hot topic issue over the last few days. With CBC announcing “While The Men Watch Hockey Night” and it’s Stanley Cup Final coverage, it sheds an unflattering light on women in hockey. After reading and watching a few highlights, both the show and concept left a stench worse than a hockey locker room.
It essentially goes against the original thought process here at The Pink Puck and what we try to promote, women who love hockey. While the Men Watch puts two women on a national stage to discuss the blatantly obvious; they know absolutely nothing about hockey. The fact that this show is on the air is a travesty. CBC should be promoting a show with women who know the sport. Canada and the US have some of the best female hockey players in the world, a show hosted by knowledgeable females may have been a better option. Hockey women that could reach out to broaden their audience and demographic; instead of shutting out a large portion of it.
While comparatively to other sports, hockey has a smaller female following, both female fans and players aren’t obsolete. Every season, more and more females are joining major networks and giving fantastic commentary, interviews and insight. In a country where hockey is the national past time, present and future, you’d expect Hockey Night in Canada to feature content relevant to the game. It isn’t the style of the coaches suit that wins a Stanley Cup, the only style that matters is of play, once the puck drops.
With an opportunity to bring the excitement of hockey to a larger group of people, CBC has certainly earned a game misconduct.
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