Weekly Links: Reactions to hockey violence; Larry Kwong honoured; Tribalism and NHL fandom; KHL expansion; 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!

  • Fighting and violence have been hot topics this week, after a brawl between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres and two Vancouver Canucks players receiving suspensions from actions in a game vs. the Edmonton Oilers. Here, Dave Lozo has an interesting and entertaining take-down of fighting in the NHL. [Backhand Shelf]
  • James Mirtle weights in on the Maple Leafs’ “goon culture” and its consequences, in light of the brawl against the Sabres. [Globe and Mail]
  • Meanwhile, Tyler Dellow argues that the Canucks’ Zack Kassian, whose stick-to-the-face on Sam Gagner broke Gagner’s jaw and earned an eight game suspension (three preseason and five regular season games), should face criminal charges for the act. [mchockey79.com]

  • Good read from Adam Proteau, titled “Tribalism and the NHL,” that looks at fandom, identity, and commercialism in and through hockey. [The Hockey News]
  • Really interesting article about the politics of the KHL and the league’s expansion plans. [New York Times]
  • Larry Kwong, who in 1948 became the first player of Chinese descent to play in the NHL, has been inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame. [Huffington Post]
  • An interesting interview with a gay sports reporter who will be covering hockey, and other sports, at the Sochi Olympics next year. [Puck Buddys]
  • The Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League are allowing the US Department of Homeland Security to test facial recognition software at its home arena. Sport arenas are already areas of high surveillance, but this project does seem to take this a step further. [Buzzing the Net]
  • After the project appeared to be dead, it looks as though a new hockey arena in Markham, ON will be built after all. It remains to be seen whether this will ultimately lead to an NHL franchise moving to Markham. [SB Nation]

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