The video shows a transgender male hockey player being defeated by a larger rival

Shocking footage has emerged from an NHL-sponsored ice hockey tournament of a transgender female player beating a much smaller transgender male opponent, who suffered a concussion after hitting the boards headfirst.

Daniel “Danny” Maki, a transgender Minneapolis man who plays for Rainbow Dash, suffered the injury during the Team Trans Ice Hockey Draft in Middleton, Wisconsin, the Daily Mail reported.

In the clip from last month’s event, Maki can be seen stepping onto the ice and being nudged by the other player, who then stops to check on him as other players also rush to him.

“The contact doesn’t look serious on the video. But the size difference between the players is so big that the woman suffers a concussion,” Twitter user Jean Mazeks wrote.

Transhockey player Daniel
Daniel “Danny” Maki, a transgender man, suffered a concussion after being knocked into the board by a much larger transgender player.
Facebook / Danny Maki
Trans hockey player tapped the ice
A trans hockey player was caught on video and suffered a concussion after being bumped into the boards by a larger player at an NHL-sponsored tournament.
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Players gather around Maki
He suffered a concussion and muscle strains in the collision.
Twitter / @JeanMazeks

Maki was taken to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion.

It was unclear whether the incident was an accident.

In an article in the new online magazine Quillette, author Jonathan Kay wrote that he didn’t notice any transgender women intentionally targeting transgender men when watching videos from the event – but did note that there were size differences , which could pose a danger to some of the players.

“I don’t know how the teams were put together,” a source told Kay next to the rink. “But everyone [fan] could see that this couldn’t possibly be fair and that someone could get hurt – and someone did.”

Trans hockey player Danny Maki
“I had a great time with the wonderful people at the exclusive all-trans draft tournament in Middleton,” Maki wrote after recovering.
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Trans hockey player Danny Maki
In his description of the incident, Maki said he “fell into the boards very oddly.”
Facebook / Danny Maki

In his article, Kay pointed to the risk of injury in competitive hockey among biological women, citing research showing that they “have significantly less isometric strength (49%), neck circumference (30%), and head mass (43%), resulting in less leads degrees of stiffness of the head and neck segment (29%).

Maki, who has since recovered, later released a statement that appeared to downplay what happened on the ice.

“I’ve been contemplating posting everything about the @teamtransicehockey draft tournament given the sensitive content, but here it goes,” he wrote on social media.

“I had a great time with the wonderful people at the exclusive All-Trans draft tournament in Middleton, WI the weekend before Thanksgiving,” the player wrote, adding that he was co-captain of his team.

But then he goes on to say, “Here comes the tricky content: when I was out I was playing the puck, and I crashed into the gang very weirdly, which I needed medical attention to make sure my neck and extremities were okay.” ‘ Maki added.

He said he suffered a concussion and muscle strains but insisted he “would do it all over again”.

Notably, he didn’t mention being KO’d by the bigger opponent.

Maki’s teammate Mason LeFebvre, his team’s goalie and the tournament’s connection to the NHL, was reportedly upset about the injury and was seen collapsing in a corner.

After regaining his composure, another team’s coach stepped onto the ice and gave a pep talk with slogans like “We’re not defeatist,” “We’re not done yet,” and “Score doesn’t determine your worth,” Quillette said.

NHL tweet about the event
The NHL said last month’s event was the first to be “consisted entirely of transgender and non-binary players.”

That NHL said in a tweet about the event that it was “proud to support the Team Trans Draft Tournament last weekend in Middleton, Wisconsin. This was the first tournament to consist entirely of transgender and non-binary players and drew around 80 people.”

The post drew a flood of mixed comments.

“If trans men are men, why not just play in a men’s league?” wrote one user.

“Congratulations, you just drew the Woke Walt Disney for all your sports! Watch the NHL crumble like a stale cookie. Go woke up, Go broke!” said another.

“What a great idea! All sports should have separate trans/NB teams to make trans and NB athletes feel safe and comfortable. Schools need to build new locker rooms but it’s worth it,” one user sees the opposite counters.

“I’m for it because I don’t want biological males playing in women’s divisions,” another person added.

The incident is the latest involving transgender athletes, making waves since transgender swimmer Lia Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania competed after transitioning as a woman.

Critics have claimed that competing in the NCAA women’s division gave her an unfair advantage because she was biologically born a male.

Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championships earlier this year. The video shows a transgender male hockey player being defeated by a larger rival


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