Weekly Links: A “Hockeynomics” for predicting success in international hockey; World Juniors reaction and Sochi Olympics news; Landeskog joins You Can Play; 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!

  • Jaideep Kanungo, inspired by the book Soccernomics, has produced a “Hockeynomics” theory to predict what countries will enjoy success in international hockey. A really interesting read. [Hockeyland Canada]
  • Ben Kerr argues that Finland’ recent Gold Medal victory at the World Junior Championships demonstrates that parity is increasing between nations in international men’s hockey. [Last Word on Sports]
  • Ken Campbell questions whether the World Juniors have become so large and corporatized in Canada that it is detrimental to the athletes involved. An interesting read with some good points, but… [The Hockey News]
  • … Neate Sager critiques Campbell, while recognizing the accuracy of some of his statements: “The two developments, profits from the Canada-hosted tournament increasing by a factor of six over a decade at a time when the national junior team’s fortunes are ebbing, aren’t necessarily entwined. Correlation does not confirm causation, but, but, it’s two notable trends.” [Buzzing the Net]

  • With the Sochi Olympics approaching, Julia Leconte unpacks some of the problematic aspects of hockey’s cultural significance in Canada while still acknowledging its national resonance. [NOW Magazine]
  • Adam Gretz has an interesting critique of the Olympic roster selection process, which touches on why the concept of a “checking line” came to be in the NHL and its implications for style of play and coaching. [SB Nation]
  • Jeff Klein has a good piece on the New Jersey Devils’ Jaromir Jagr, who will be representing the Czech Republic at the Sochi Olympics, and the fading glory of the Czech’s “golden generation” of male hockey players. [New York Times]
  • Meanwhile, Sharon Terlep explains why Sochi may be the last Olympics in which NHL players participate. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog recently joined the You Can Play Project, making the NHL the only sports league with at least one athlete ally on every team in the league. [Puck Daddy]
  • Rebecca Dobrinski reviews D’Arcy Jenish’s new book, The NHL: A Centennial History – 100 Years of On-Ice & Boardroom Battles. [The Hockey Writers]
  • In an effort to woo Canadian snowbirds and tourists, the Phoenix Coyotes will serve Tim Hortons coffee at their home rink, the Jobing.com Arena. The franchise will be the only Tim Hortons in the state of Arizona. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Florida Panthers are seeking public money to help offset $20 million annual operating losses. [Puck Daddy]
  • Sean Gentille reports that the NHL may ditch current jersey producer Reebok and sign a new deal with Adidas. [The Sporting News]
  • Sportsnet continues its focus on iconic Canadian hockey rinks, this time focusing on the Galt Arena Gardens in Cambridge, ON. [Sportsnet]

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