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Verbal Abuse in Hockey Takes a Hit

I loved the iconic notes that announced CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada when I was a kid, the crisp swish of freshly sharpened blades on ice, and the roar of an arena united as one against the unholy infidel that is the visiting team. I’m not a huge sports fan but the Canadian in me has a soft spot for our winter sport.

Though, I’m not feeling so warm and fuzzy about the on ice taunting of Garrett Holmes over the facial tic’s that are a manifestation of his Tourette’s syndrome.

On ice bullying is an old tired story. We’ve seen it come and go for many a year. But methinks I hear the rustle of change. Garrett has decided to speak out and his community has backed him lock stock and barrel. They’re supporting his decision with vim and vigour. THAT’s Canadian hockey folks.

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Holmes spoke out about the on ice incident. “I want to thank the community, my teammates and everyone in the (Weeks Hockey) Organization, especially everyone in the community and our fans. They’ve been extremely supportive and it’s just overwhelming and heart fulfilling. It’s amazing what they’ve been doing and how much they’ve been standing up for me. It’s people like that, that inspire change.”

When I was a girl, my Mum taught me that winning wasn’t worth it if you had to make someone else feel small to do it. I’m so glad to hear how deeply Pictou County agrees. My Mum’s a class act, just like Garrett Holmes and the plucky community he comes from.

Any favourite sports stories to share? Ice hockey memories? Bullies getting their just deserts?


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