A Massachusetts-based transgender hockey club has issued a statement clarifying the role of the nhl at a tournament last month after a transgender man suffered a concussion from contact with a transgender woman during one of the games.
Team Trans Ice Hockey issued a statement Wednesday clarifying that the NHL did not host the Team Trans Draft Tournament in Middleton, Wisconsin, last month, despite reports that it was a league-sponsored event.
“Regarding the multiple articles circulating about our Team Trans Draft Tournament held November 19-20 in Middleton, WI, we want to clarify a few statements that do not align with the way this tournament played out,” it was posted on Twitter. . read.
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“While the NHL supports providing accessibility to all organizations that love hockey, this tournament was organized by Team Trans, NOT the NHL, and was run with the intent of creating teams of even skill levels.”
The NHL posted a tweet last month in support of the tournament, calling it the first event of its kind, “made up entirely of transgender and non-binary players, with over 80 participants!”
In response to a user who criticized the event, the league responded in a subsequent tweet: “trans women they are women. Trans men are men. Nonbinary identity is real.”
The results of the tournament were not widely reported until recently, when video of the event surfaced showing a transgender man playing in the tournament walking out of the penalty area and falling onto the boards after light contact with a larger transgender woman. .
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According to reporter Jonathan Kay, writing for Quillette, the injured player suffered a concussion and was eventually carried off the ice on a stretcher after a 17-minute delay.
“During the championship game, a player was injured,” Team Trans wrote in its statement on Wednesday. “Everyone who steps on the ice to play this sport knows that there is a risk of injury. The injured player has recovered and there is no ill will between the two players involved.”
The report also raised concerns about the size difference between the players. According to Kay, the winner of the tournament, which he described as a team “packed full of physically imposing biological men (i.e. trans women)”, beat the runners-up in a 7-1 victory.
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But Team Trans disputed this in Wednesday’s statement.
“Each player evaluated themselves based on their ability and was asked to provide the reference of a coach with whom we were able to confirm the ability of each player. Each team chose a certain number of players of each skill level. The The vast majority of games throughout the tournament were all within a 1 or 2 goal difference, and the two teams in the championship game met before that game, ending in a draw.”
According to Kay, the NHL has been “promoting and funding” Team Trans as part of its “Accelerate Diversity and Inclusion” initiative that seeks to make hockey “more welcoming, inclusive, accessible and socially conscious.”