Weekly Links: The Changing Hockey Blogosphere; All-Star Game Politics and Economics

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.

Hockey Links

  • Great and insightful article about the ways in which the hockey blogosphere has changed over the years, and the decline of indie hockey blogs. [A Theory of Ice]
  • Ever wonder what the glamorous life of a Canadian Women’s Hockey League player is like? Check out this report about Brampton’s travels to play Boston: “Each player had to pay her own airfare. . . . All-in-all, the weekend consisted of five hours of driving in the car, five hours of sitting around airports, three hours flying, eight hours in hockey arenas, and three hours on a bus.” [Canadian Hockey Online]
  • A great piece that echoes many of my thoughts about fighting and violence in the NHL. [Puck Buddys]
  • Greg Wyshynski examines Brendan Shanahan’s performance as the NHL’s VP of Player Safety. [Puck Daddy]
  • An editorial, with which I strongly agree, calls for an end to fighting in junior hockey. [Globe and Mail]
  • Stu Hackel explains why, despite playing an exhibition game in Brooklyn next season, the New York Islanders will not be moving there. [Red Light]
  • Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is attempting to convince the NHL to allow its players to play in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. [Puck Daddy]
  • If you were wondering what is the point of a glorified game of shinny featuring no hitting, backchecking, or defensive awareness (i.e. the NHL All-Star Game), David Shoalts will fill you in: it’s all about the money (and the fans who spend money). [Globe and Mail]
  • Speaking of the All-Star Game, Columbus will host the event in 2013 (assuming there is no lockout). [TSN]
  • Ellen Etchingham looks at the history of the All-Star Game and asks why it is not used to support players who are injured or to do further research to improve player safety. [Backhand Shelf]
  • In honour of the late Rick Rypien, the Vancouver Canucks have launched a mental health awareness campaign. [Nucks Misconduct; Canucks Army]
  • I wrote last week about Tim Thomas’ political decision not to visit the White House. Justin Bourne notes that, despite Thomas’ efforts to downplay the event, he is forever linked to the decision – sometimes in some very humorous ways. [Backhand Shelf]
  • Finally, on the heels of my post about Tim Hortons this week, I found this amusing 2006 article about the same commercial I critiqued. It also contains some interesting tidbits about the cultural resonance of the advert. [Maclean’s]

Non-Hockey Links

  • Insightful look at the political implications of the recent and tragic soccer violence in Egypt. [Foreign Policy]
  • Interesting look at concussions in the NFL in light of the admission by some New York Giants that they targeted a San Francisco 49er players who had a history of concussions. [SB Nation]

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