Weekly Links: Sexism in hockey media; the long-term impact of fighting and concussions; Markham and Edmonton arena news; 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!

  • A great read on sexism in hockey media and blogging. Puck Daddy’s Jen Neale has assembled a panel of 10 female hockey bloggers, who discuss a range of related and insightful questions. Definitely worth a read. [Puck Daddy]
  • Interesting story as two Puck Buddys writers and Washington Capitals fans use social media app Grindr in an attempt to determine if many gay men attend Capitals game. [Puck Buddys]
  • Jeff MacGregor with a persuasive argument about fighting in the NHL. Among the many great lines: “The idea that fighting in hockey somehow curbs greater, dirtier violence committed with sticks or skates has never had any empirical support. There’s no evidence that it’s a safety valve — or even that the game needs one.” [ESPN]
  • Meanwhile, Seth Wickersham has a balanced look at the Montreal Canadiens’ George Parros and his views on fighting in hockey. Another excellent piece. [ESPN]

  • Ex-NHL fighter Scott Parker has accused former Colorado Avalanche (and current Calgary Flames) coach Bob Hartley of bullying him and forcing him to play through injury. In the wake of the NFL’s recent bullying scandal, this allegation raises further questions about the culture of pro sport locker rooms. [TSN]
  • Sad news, as former NHL enforcer Gino Odjick is admitted to hospital in poor mental and phyiscal health – possibly related to concussion he sustained while playing hockey. [Canucks Army]
  • Mark Spector with a look at the day-to-day impact of concussions on NHL players. [Sportsnet]
  • In an arena saga that continues to unfold, the Markham, ON has rejected a proposal to fund a new NHL-quality arena. While the deal may still proceed with private funding, Ken Campbell writes: “make no mistake. The chances of a second NHL team in southern Ontario took a significant hit.” [The Hockey News]
  • In other arena news: hot on the heels of its massive TV deal with the NHL, telecom giant Rogers has bought the naming rights to the Edmonton Oilers new arena. [Edmonton Journal]
  • If the NHL expands to Seattle, former NHL star Jeremy Roenick may become part of the ownership team. [Puck Daddy]
  • An interesting question as HBO’s 24/7 show prepares to air this month: should the players featured in the reality show receive compensation for their participation? [Sportsnet]

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