Weekly Links: Mental illness and Bell #LetsTalk; World Cup of Hockey 2016; Junior hockey labour; and more

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!

Editor’s Note: Due to the large amount of news and opinion about the NHL’s World Cup 2016 announcement and the league’s 2015 All-Star Game, links on these topics are included in separate sections below.

General Links

  • With Bell’s #LetsTalk campaign continuing to draw a great deal of support from the hockey community, Clare Austen reminds us that mental illness is much more complicated than the campaign suggests and argues that Twitter is not an ideal medium for therapy. [Puckology]
  • And Adam Proteau used the occasion to remember the many people in the hockey community who have lost their lives because of mental illness, including Rick Rypien, Wade Belak, Terry Trafford, Daron Richardson and Clint Reif. [The Hockey News]
  • Josh Cohen with a really important look at a lawsuit in Washington State that is determining whether junior hockey players are considered child labourers. [Vice Sports]

Read more of this post

Weekly Links: Reconsidering “respect” in hockey culture; New hockey doc, “Red Army”; Penn State’s distasteful support for Joe Paterno; & more

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!.

  • When AHL goalie Reto Berra of the Lake Erie Monsters scored an empty net goal, he reacted as most players do – by skating by his bench to high-five his teammates. Players on the rival Chicago Wolves took offense, and started rough play in reaction. Jeff Veillette argues that this incident reflects an out-dated conservative hockey culture, and that the sport needs to start taking its construction of “respect” less seriously. [Faceoff Circle]
  • An in-depth look at the new documentary Red Army, and its director Gabe Polsky. [Grantland]
  • Ryan Kennedy discusses a familiar argument: does fighting have a place in the sport anymore? [The Hockey News]
  • Ryan Lambert rages at Penn State’s men’s hockey team, which wore stickers celebrating disgraced football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno, who died in 2012, was determined to have allowed sexual abuse of children by his assistant coach to go unreported. [Puck Daddy]

Read more of this post

Weekly Links: Vladimir Putin and the politics of the KHL; A review of Derek Boogaard biography; Jack Johnson’s bankruptcy; and more

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!.

  • If you missed it, check out Sunil Agnihotri’s take on the rise and demise of Cap Geek. [Hockey in Society]
  • I wrote a review of John Branch’s new book, Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard for The All Rounder. The book builds on the fantastic reporting Branch did for his insightful series of 2011 reports on Boogaard’s life and passing. [The All Rounder]
  • A really interesting look at the KHL and Vladimir Putin’s political relationship with hockey, the power of which is jeopardized by Russia’s current economic crisis. [Vice Sports]
  • A detailed look at the sad and cautionary story of NHL star Jack Johnson, who declared bankruptcy after his parents, who controlled his finances, blew through his millions in career earnings. [Deadspin]

Read more of this post

Weekly Links: Developing a critical approach to analyzing hockey; Ending the sexist “puck slut” label; Follow up to the World Junior Championship and the NHL Winter Classic; and more

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!

  • Zuzana Botiková, who contributes to this blog, produced a radio piece on the Bronze medal winning Slovakia team at the World Junior Championship, which touches on the cultural prominence of hockey in both Slovakia and Canada (and even features an interview with yours truly!). [Radio Slovakia International]
  • Jessica-Lyn Saunders writes about being a female hockey fan and the damaging label of “puck slut” or “puck bunny.” A great read. [Rabid Habs]
  • A bit of an older post, but great stuff from Stefan Wolejszo on how to develop a critical approach to doing hockey analysis. [Integrating Hockey Analysis]
  • Matt Larkin takes an in-depth look at the CWHL as it attempts to grow as a league, including the struggles faced by the unpaid players and a consideration of the WNBA’s relationship to the NBA. [The Hockey News]

Read more of this post

Weekly Links: Coach Shannon Miller fired by Minnesota-Duluth; Lawsuit by ex-players against the CHL; World Junior Championship news and issues; and more

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 University of Minnesota-Duluth women’s hockey program has let legendary coach Shannon Miller go, citing budget constraints. Miller made $207,000 last year; the university’s men’s coach made $265,000. [New York Times]
  • Clare Austin takes a Foucauldian look at power and resistance in women’s hockey. [Puckology]
  • With ongoing controversy regarding whether junior players should be better compensated for their labour, Eric Duhatschek examines the business of the CHL and the disparity between franchise values and revenues, as well as the experience of the players in the league (for more on this topic please check out Vicky Grygar’s work on this site). [Globe and Mail]
  • Jeff J. Klein also looks at the lawsuits facing the CHL and the numerous issues at stake in this ongoing struggle. [New York Times]

Read more of this post

Weekly Links: CWHL All-Star Game reaction; KHL impacted by falling Russian Ruble; NHL’s mumps outbreak; and more

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!

  • If you missed Alvin Ma’s post on the CWHL All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, you can check it out here. [Hockey in Society]
  • Reina de la Isla and Zoë Hayden have both been doing great reporting on the CWHL this year. Here are their takes on the All-Star Game. [Hockey Wilderness; Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • The plunging ruble is destabilizing the Russian economy and drastically affecting the Kontinental Hockey League. This is an interesting story worth following in the coming months. Here is some initial analysis from Dmitry Chesnokov and James Mirtle. [Puck Daddy; Globe and Mail]
  • How has the NHL been hit by an outbreak of mumps, a relatively rare disease? Matt McCarthy explores this outbreak, which has affected more than 13 players and two officials, including Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby. [Deadspin]

Read more of this post

Weekly Links: Rumoured NHL expansion to Las Vegas; The impact of the NHL salary cap; New arena for Ottawa Senators?; and more

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 NHL continues its slow waltz toward expanding to Las Vegas. Nick Costonika reports the latest from the NHL Board of Governors meeting. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • A critique of the NHL’s chances to succeed in Las Vegas.  [Canucks Army]
  • The Ottawa Senators are exploring building a new downtown arena, which would see them move from the suburb of Kanata to the city centre.  [Sportsnet]
  • A long-form article on the Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, and his polarizing reputation around the NHL.   [The New Yorker]
  • Lyle Richardson gives a good myth-busting overview of some of the impacts of the NHL salary cap. [Spector’s Hockey]

Read more of this post