January 4th, 2020, saw an afternoon NHL game being played between the Minnesota Wild and the visiting Winnipeg Jets. The one consistency throughout the game was the constantly inconsistent calls, which led to the overtime victory for the home team. The need to hold the officials, who are all members of the NHLOA (National Hockey League Officials Association) is needed, especially when there are games such as this called, and players being injured and no retribution being made in the form of missed calls.
When starting this journey, I was led to believe that assisting a family was at the crux of the job I had been asked to do. Acting as an intermediary was an acceptable responsibility for me, as this is something I have done on many separate occasions whether it be through teaching or journalism. When asked to do this in a fair and just manner, I have no problems with this line of work, especially when it comes to the journalistic side of things. I have been transparent with my motivation for writing anything, only allowing my judgment calls to be based on my personal comfort levels. The integrity of those I may be working for or with would be the main reason to potentially alter anything along the way.
As this piece is being written, there are still a lot of questions pertaining to the roster for the 2019-2020 edition of the Winnipeg Jets. By writing this piece, the writer is by no means diminishing the importance of individual players such as Kyle Connor or Patrik Laine. These individual players have their own strengths and weaknesses, and certainly, there have been many who have been writing stories in this manner.
Though this trip to Toronto was unexpected, it has proven to be a source of inspiration for me, many times over. For instance, writing about the bright lights and showing how places like the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto are an immense source of world unity is something which is empowering. This article is not meant as a "travel promotional advertorial" by any stretch, as I am receiving no official sponsorship for this story (I certainly invite my readers to leave tip$ once they have finished reading it, as that would be the extent of any kind of "sponsorship"!). Seeing as many of the displays as possible and really trying to take in whatever knowledge I could from them is why it has proven to be an invaluable experience for me. Writing about what I saw— along with showing a few photos and/or videos—in a series of articles is to be the best course of literary reaction to take. Some of the other displays showed a few strokes towards an understanding of equality, a decent step towards reconciliation on North American soils.
I was attending the Academy of Acting in Winnipeg a few years ago when I first met B. She was the Director of Photography of the final film project for the course I was acting in. As a result, B and I became friends. She's a skilled photographer, as well as an emerging filmmaker. As it turned out, she too was also originally from Saskatchewan, and held similar political views to my own. We both love our dogs, and her little fur ball, the Baron, has always been a source of strength for her. We are both womyn working in non-traditional fields of work, and aren't afraid to tell stories about the underrepresented people, especially when they are oppressed.
Admittedly, this will read more like a blog entry, but I am not afraid to be open and honest about who I am. Also, as I know of at least one other individual who is in a similar boat to me at this time, I sincerely hope said person is able to read this, and understand fully that I empathize with their situation. I also have nothing but heaps of respect for said person, and I hope this person realizes my writing this is a way to attempt to help out during a time of painful healing.