Weekly Links: Stephen Harper’s New Book, Concussions in Junior Hockey, NHL Executive Salary, and More

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Source: CBC)

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Source: CBC)

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!

  • Congratulations to Team Canada for winning gold at the Four Nations sledge hockey tournament in Russia! All the best to the players as they get set for the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014! [CBC News]
  • The plans for a new arena for a new hockey arena continues to be an issue as the city of Detroit struggles. [Financial Post]
  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s book A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey is set to be released in early November. The book will delve into the history of the game with proceeds from the book going to the Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPFSS). [Newswire]
  • It was announced this week that Russian legend Pavel Bure will be heading up a new KHL franchise in Sochi after the Winter Games are completed. It will be interesting to see what other long-term projects stem from the Olympics. [Ria Novosti]
  • While concussions have received a great deal of awareness and scutiny at the NHL level, Chris Peters argues that much more needs to be done at the junior and college levels in order to protect players form long term injuries to the head. [United States of Hockey]

  • The November Project, a free, year-round, outdoor fitness group, continues to grow in Edmonton with the support of defencemen Andrew Ference. [CBC Radio]
  • The Foothills Minor Hockey Association in High River, Alberta received a donation of $50,000 for equipment from the National Hockey Association Players’ Association and RBC. High River, along with other towns in Southern Alberta continues to rebuild after the floods in June. [Huffington Post]
  • NFL defensive end J.J. Watt revealed that his first passion was always hockey growing up in Wisconsin. However, the cost of the playing hockey steered him to playing football. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Lawyer Sol Weiss, who was involved in the settlement with the National Football League this week to compensate players with head trauma-related diseases, suggested that professional hockey players could seek similar compensation from the NHL. [Global News]
  • A First Nations group in British Columbia is demanding that “trophy hunting” be banned in the province after images surfaced of NHL player Clayton Stoner posing with a dead grizzly bear. [CTV News]
  •  A young hockey player talks about his decision on coming out and the influence Brian Burke had on him. Very powerful stuff. [Outsports]
  • Sports Business Journal has uncovered the salaries of NHL execuitives including Gary Bettman who earned over $8 million in 2012(!!). [Sports Business Daily]
  • A recent study suggests that professional sports teams that want greater fan involvement should allow for more engaging activities, such as fantasy league, to influence the decisions made by the team. [Emerald Insight]

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