Weekly Links: KHL Expansion; Habs Legend Comments on Hockey Violence; Avalanche Goalie Arrested; Research on Concussions Among Youth; New Media in Sports Journalism

Source: The Province

Source: The Province

Welcome to Hockey in Society’s Weekly Links post. This feature highlights articles or blog entries that are related to Hockey in Society’s areas of interest and that may be of interest to the site’s readers. Please check out some of the great writing that is happening in the hockey media and blogosphere!

  • The KHL is expanding to Finland, absorbing Helsinki-based club Jokerit from the SM-Liiga. This is a major step in the KHL’s expansion beyond the border of the former-USSR. [Puck Daddy]
  • USA Hockey is hosting the Try Hockey for Free Day on November 2, 2013. The program is encouraging youth aged 4-9 to visit a participating rink and learn more about the game. [USA Hockey]
  • Larry Robinson discusses the state of the game today and lack of respect players have for one another. Robinson has the option of re-joining the San Jose Sharks as an associate coach, but has yet to re-commit. [Mercury News]
  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. He has since been released on bail and will stay with the Avalanche for now. [Denver Post]
  •  A 44-year old man in Florida was arrested for attacking a 14-year old boy during a youth hockey game. [Sun Sentinel]
  • The Montreal Canadiens are including accents in player name bars on jerseys. [Globe & Mail]
  • Cleve Dheensaw talks to ex-WHL/AHL players who are now playing professional hockey in Europe to learn more about their experience. [Times Colonist]
  • George Scoville has an insightful interview with a career minor-league hockey player, Jeff Winchester, which gives some insight into the less glamorous world of minor-pro hockey. [On the Forecheck]
  • Neil deMause calls out some of the news articles that have praised Detroit’s ambition to build a stadium despite the city being bankrupt. [Field of Schemes]
  • The Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto has launched a concussion research program. The hospital aims to shed more light on head trauma among youth. [National Post]
  • Tim Leiweke, CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, stated that the Toronto-area would not be adding a second NHL team in the near future. As Ken Campbell reports, by weighing in on league business Leiweke may have overstepped his boundaries and ruffled some feathers at NHL headquarters. [The Hockey News]
  • Justin Bourne interviews TSN analyst Bob McKenzie for his Backhand Shelf Podcast. Some interesting discussion about hockey media/new media and the role of Twitter in sport journalism, amongst other topics. [Backhand Shelf]
  • Adam Proteau discusses the role of the blogosphere in hockey journalism, and how affiliations/labels don’t matter as long as the content has value. [The Hockey News]
  • In response to Broad Street Hockey’s Eric Tulsky’s research paper on zone entries as a hockey statistic, Justin Bourne provides some insight from a former player’s perspective. [Backhand Shelf]
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Sunil Agnihotri is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Communications and Technology Master’s program. His research focused on online communities, information management and communication technology. His final project used sociocultural theories and concepts to examine the blogging activity of hockey fans. Sunil can be reached at sunilagni23@gmail.com or on Twitter @sunilagni.

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