The IX: Hockey Friday with Erica L. Ayala, January 15, 2021

Moving on from A Dream — Five at The IX: Taylor & Hunter Accursi — Must-click women's hockey links

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Moving on from A Dream

As we approach MLK Day, I have been thinking a lot about why Dr. King’s dream is just that … a dream. A goal that has not only never been realized, but never turned into anything remotely actionable.

It’s time to wake up!

As the story goes, the line “I Have A Dream” wasn’t even supposed to be in the speech Dr. King gave on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. If it hadn’t, I wonder is we as a nation instead would have latched onto this:

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.

We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.”

We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

We cannot be satisfied with the state of our world. Therefore, we must act in order to ever have even the slightest sliver of hope.

  • In the hockey world, some see hope in the fact that Blake Bolden is the first Black woman scout in the NHL and the Boston Bruins have final announced they will retire Willie O’Ree’s number

  • In baseball, Major League Baseball will finally recognize Negro League records.

  • In basketball, the New York Liberty finally have a Black woman as CEO.

Although these are small things compared to the evils of our society, but they are significant. It is time for the United States to put away childish things and take responsibility.

It is time to wake up and turn the dream into reality.

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This Week in Women’s Hockey

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Nathan Vaughn & Grant Salzano with your weekly NCAA poll. The two are under the impression teams are having a hard time finding their identity. Wonder if all the COVID delays have anything to do with it?

Ten Questions with Blake Bolden.

Lacey Eden transfers to Wisconsin from Princeton.

Boston Bruins set to retire #22 in honor of Willie O’Ree.

The PWHPA and Utica hit the ice in Tampa

TIG has a NWHL Fantasy League! Get your rosters in by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Connecticut Whale Preview by Dan Rice.

Penn State earns Top 10 ranking for the first time.

Anne Tokarski joins the Founding 4 Podcast.

Two Winnipeg locals hoping to get the Connecticut Whale over the hump.

Learn more about Taylor & Hunter Accursi.

One Last Time: Hayley Moore will leave the NWHL to become VP of Operations for the AHL after the Lake Placid season.

The NWHL: A History as told by Blair McPake.

We have an NWHL schedule!

Elizabeth Giguere becomes leading scorer in Clarkson history

A list of ‘fan faces’ headed to the #NDubble

Tweet of the Week

Five at The IX: Taylor & Hunter Accursi

Before the news that Beauts captain Taylor Accursi would not participate in the 2021 season was announced, I zoomed with the Accursi Sisters. Here are some clip from that interview.

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Written by Erica L. Ayala