Weekly Links: Reactions to the NHL outdoor games at Dodger and Yankee Stadiums; Gino Odjick talks about fighting and health issues; demographic info on NHL fans

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!

  • The NHL hosted another of its Stadium Series outdoor games last weekend, but this time the game took place in the unlikely setting of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Anaheim Ducks beat the host Kings 3-0, but the game was seen (aside from a massive revenue generator for the NHL) as a celebration of hockey in California – as the sport has grown immensely there since the early 1990s. Jen Neale, a California native, has an overview of the event from this perspective… [Puck Daddy]
  • … while Sean McIndoe offers the viewpoint of a (humorously) skeptical Canadian journalist. [Grantland]
  • Meanwhile, Travis Hughes captures the atmosphere at the Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium, played between the New York Rangers and Islanders. [SB Nation]

  • A sad story is developing with former NHL fighter Gino Odjick. Odjick, aged 40, spoke at a BC health conference about the struggles he has faced coping with the brain trauma suffered from his 12-year career of fighting. [Vancouver Sun]
  • Really interesting demographic information about NHL fans has emerged in a recent study. The research (which, as a caveat, is definitely not comprehensive in its methodology) confirms what many scholars and fans have long acknowledged, which is that the NHL’s fans are overwhelmingly wealthy and white (but less male-dominated than might be assumed). [Puck Daddy]
  • The coach of the CIS University of Saskatchewan men’s hockey team has been suspended after using a homophobic slur in a team email. [Huffington Post]
  • Chris Peters gives a visual overview of US goalies’ masks from 1960 to the present. A really interesting overview of how this piece of goaltender equipment has developed over time. [United States of Hockey]
  • The St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League will be moving to Thunder Bay, ON, in order to be closer to their parent club the Winnipeg Jets. [Sportsnet]
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