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A Petition for Hockey Representation in Emoji

Hockey is just about the only popular sport without representation among the Emoji characters. It’s true. I’m not making it up. Go check your Emoji keyboard. I’ll wait.

See? Isn’t that terrible? It’s discrimination against winter sports, ice, long sticks, and basically the entire nation of Canada! Let’s correct this injustice!

And after you sign the petition, tweet about it, won’t you?

Disclaimer — I did not create this petition; I just think hockey Emoji characters would be an excellent idea as both a hockey fan and an Emoji enthusiast.

Women’s Hockey: Why It’s Tough to Be a Fan

Regardless of how you feel about this topic, or even hockey in general, this is a fascinating article. I highly recommend it. I have some comments, but first, an excerpt.

ThePinkPuck.com writes:

Getting fans there is half the battle. Once they’re in the building, they’ll bring their wallets, they’ll buy beer and t-shirts and season tickets. They’ll grow loyalties and cultivate favorites; they’ll spend hours on the pond with their daughters talking about the game they saw when they were younger– “Oh man, honey, you should have seen it–Wick with the puck and Räty in goal, I swear the whole stadium stopped breathing…”

In other words: if you build it, they will come.

Earlier this season, I started watching and researching women’s hockey. My interest was fed by both a writing project I had begun, as well as a curiosity about that aspect of a sport that I’ve loved for the vast majority of my life.

I discovered that I enjoy this variety of hockey, and watched many of the games played by the Penn State Women’s Hockey team this year. It’s every bit as exciting and enjoyable as the men’s game, and I admire their lack of need for a shootout at the end of tied games. (I despise shootouts.)

The most striking thing about women’s hockey, though, is that it is difficult to be a fan. Finding articles, scores, highlights, etc, for men’s hockey, be it NHL, AHL, NCAA, or Olympic, is dead easy. You can listen to virtually any game on the radio, including streamed over the Internet, and you can watch most games if you have a TV or an NHL or BTN subscription online. Not so with women’s games.

If it’s this hard to experience the game, or even get exposed to it, it’s no wonder that fans have been slow in coming to it.