“Get a stretcher! Get a medic!”
A biological female had to leave the NHL-sponsored All-Trans Draft Tournament after getting a concussion when a biological male body slammed her.
Team Black player #91, an FTM (female-to-male transgender), hit Team Pink player #90, “a bisexual trans-woman.” #90 ended up in the boards.
“Get a stretcher! Get a medic!”
Words heard at the first NHL All-Trans Draft Tournament after a male player casually bumps into a female player. The contact doesn’t look serious on video. But the size diff between players is so great that the female suffers a concussion. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/U4y0huo0oA
— mazeks (@JeanMazeks) December 9, 2022
By the way, for non-hockey fans, hockey is a physical sport. It can get violent. Body slamming is common. If it’s severe enough you can get a two-minute penalty for boarding.
Gee, who saw this coming? Maybe all of us who understand basic biology? You know, the fact that biological males are stronger than biological females?
Maybe the NHL should rethink this.
Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Nonbinary identity is real.
— NHL (@NHL) November 22, 2022
It’s weird. The NHL and outlets at the game did not share the outcome:
Jonathan Kay at Quillette wrote that the accident “reminds us why women’s leagues should remain sex-protected spaces.” He noted the silence from the media and reporters:
Aside from a tweet containing four photos of the November 19th–20th event, the NHL provided no substantive information about how the tournament unfolded. Nor did media outlets such as Hockey News, whose reporting consisted instead of cheery tournament summaries (“The arena was just buzzing with trans joy for two solid days”) sourced to the organizers’ social media accounts. Vice sent a five-person film crew to cover the tournament, including two cameramen, but so far hasn’t reported anything on what that unit filmed. So as far as I know, in fact, I’m the first person to publicly report the events described below.
The tournament consisted of 80 players split into six teams: Black, Blue, Pink, White, and Yellow.
Kay reported that the Pink team won. The Pink team had the most biological males.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. I guess it embarrassed the team and tournament:
This awkward result may help explain why no one seemed anxious to publicize event details once the tournament was over. Team Pink’s victory over Black in the finals—which I was able to watch on video, along with all the other games—was an embarrassing 7–1 rout. According to one rink-side source who attended the tournament, Team Pink players even called a meeting during the second period in order to discuss whether it would be best to end the game prematurely. (Some of their deliberations are audible on the video I viewed.) Two players floated the idea of simply announcing that the tournament was over and that “everyone” had won.
“There [was] just an enormous difference in size between the two teams—height, weight, shoulder width, muscles—the differences were plain to even a child,” is how one rink-side observer described the finals to me. On video, a quartet of large Team Pink players stood out: #1, #9, #42, and #90. Each of these she/her biological men—at least one of whom played Division I college hockey on a men’s team before transitioning—appeared head and shoulders taller than most of Team Black (whose 12-player roster contained only two she/hers). And this group didn’t even include #29, a speedy Team Pink she/her, and self-described male-to-female trans woman, who consistently skated circles around the opposition, and who ended up netting two hat tricks in the space of four games during the tournament.
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