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Weekly Links: John Scott commentary; Gary Bettman signs an extension; Boston Bruins support hockey in China; and more.

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Get all your NHL All-Star commentary in one go! [Vice Sports] has a nice synopsis of the skills competition. The [LA Times] and [Puck Daddy] reflect on a record-setting All-Star Game and its MVP. Former Ottawa Senator, Andre Roy…

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Weekly Links: CWHL and NWHL All-Star Games; Aboriginal involvement in hockey; KHL expansion in Europe; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! In case you missed them, we had two new Hockey in Society posts this week. Courtney Szto wrote a critical analysis of the Pride Tape anti-homophobia initiative, while Alvin Ma reported on his observations from the second annual CWHL…

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Weekly Links: No criminal charges for Kane; State and provincial tax rates affect on NHLers’ salaries; Is the NHL ready for an openly gay player? and more

The Erie County DA will not be bringing charges against Patrick Kane, bringing an end to the criminal investigation of him. [TSN] Meanwhile, this excellent collective post reflects on the accuser’s decision to withdraw from cooperating with the investigation, and the broad problem of sexual assault against women and the legal process around it. [SB…

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The concussion scapegoat

It comes to something when we are no longer surprised about the periodic news stories telling us that yet another current or retired hockey player has been found dead.  Since the summer of 2011 when Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak all lost their lives to the more recent losses of Steve Montador and…

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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…