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Say No to Sock Tape: Part II

Last October I started a (fledgling) campaign to eradicate sock tape from the game of ice hockey.  A tiny campaign it remains, but at least now I know I am not the only one championing the cause.  A few weeks ago, a representative from Superior Hockey reached out to advertise their new SokStraps.  They seem…

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Sports Fandom: A reflection

The following is an excerpt from C.L.R. James book, Beyond a Boundary.  It was written in 1963 about cricket in the West Indies, but while I was reading it on my commute yesterday this passage stood out as painfully relevant: But that is not why I remember Matthew. For ne’er-do-well, in fact vicious character, as…

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Gary Bettman and the Politics of Ignorance

Last Friday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was deposed in a private hearing in New York as part of the substantive legal action regarding the league’s mishandling of head injuries. The lawsuit is on behalf of at least 60 former players who sustained concussions during their pro hockey careers. This list includes some names that might…

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Weekly Links: Let’s talk about concussions!; Autism and hockey; Accidentally falling in love with women’s hockey; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! If you haven’t heard, China has been awarded the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and it seems that this choice may bode well for the NHL. [Sports Illustrated] Where are all the female coaches in the NHL? This question could…