Hockey Canada didn’t provide an interview to discuss the level of support it provides the women’s national Para hockey team.
In an emailed statement, spokesperson Spencer Sharkey said the organization provides player insurance, the cost of registration with the International Paralympic Committee and “game jerseys” to the team “to help expedite the path towards a sanctioned women’s Para hockey world championship.”
“As a national sport organization, Hockey Canada’s mandate is to operate national teams that compete internationally for world championships and participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” the statement says.
“At this time, there is no sanctioned world championship for women’s Para hockey, nor is it included in the Paralympic Winter Games.”
Funding the national women’s Para hockey team could help promote a more welcoming and safe space in hockey, Arnold said.
“Women with disabilities, we know, are some of the most marginalized people in the world, and if Hockey Canada can treat us in a way that promotes respect and equity, this would bode well for showing Canada that they can treat all people with respect and kindness,” she said.
“It would be a step in the right direction for them to consider something like that when they’re hopefully redesigning the culture of Hockey Canada.”