Weekly Links: Life in hockey’s minor-pro leagues; Critiquing perceptions of toughness in light of Rich Peverley’s collapse; CWHL and NCAA women’s champions crowned; 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!

  • Really good read from Clare Austen on the reaction of some hockey fans to Rich Peverley’s collapse during a game a few weeks ago, with a critique of the “toughness” that many hockey people value over player safety. [Puckology]
  • Paul Hunter has a really insightful long-form piece about life for players and staff on the Brampton Beast, a new team in the Central Hockey League. Really fascinating insight into life in pro hockey’s minor leagues. [Toronto Star]
  • … while in NCAA action, Clarkson University upset the heavily favoured University of Minnesota (which had lost just one game all season) to capture the NCAA women’s hockey title. [Puck Daddy]
  • Matt Drake gives a historical overview of black hockey players in hockey, beginning with the Eastern Canadian Coloured Hockey League in the late 1800s up to the present day collection of stars such as PK Subban, Evander Kane and Jarome Iginla. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

  • An interesting article on how hockey helped some Aboriginals cope with the trauma of Residential Schools. Personally, I don’t believe the article is nearly critical enough and that deeper exploration would reveal a greater diversity of experiences – but it is an interesting and important piece of journalism nonetheless. [Huffington Post]
  • Exploring the intersection of hockey and music (something Matt Ventresca has previously written about, in this excellent piece on Hockey in Society), Dan Saraceni has an interview with The Zambonis, “the greatest (and only) rock band dedicated to songs about hockey.” [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • From a few weeks ago, a really interesting piece by Justin Bourne about how pucks to the head are becoming an increasing problem in the NHL, and what players can do to minimize these very damaging injuries. [Backhand Shelf]
  • Jason Kay reports that director Gabe Polsky is releasing a film later in 2014 that examines the Soviet Red Army teams that dominated international hockey from the 1950s through the 1980s, with a particular focus on legendary player Slava Fetisov. [The Hockey News]
  • Katie Baker looks at former NHL coach Mike Keenan, who has carved out a career as a coach of Magnitogorsk in the KHL. [Grantland]
  • The KHL will expand by three teams next year, adding franchises in the Russian cities of Sochi and Tolyatti as well as absorbing the Finnish club Jokerit. [rSport]

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