Weekly Links: Impact of Olympic hockey on economy; Controversial comments from LA Times columnist, Lokomotiv crash investigation; Update on Kingsbridge Ice Center

Source: KHL

Source: KHL

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!

  • Congrats to Mike Keenan on being the first Canadian coach to win the KHL Gagarin Cup! [Globe and Mail]
  • Stats Canada found that the Canadian arts and entertainment sector took a significant hit because of the NHL’s two week layoff for the Olympics. [Wall Street Journal Blog]
  • Following Donald Stirling’s racist comments and subsequent ban from the NBA, LA Times columnist Sandy Banks suggested Stirling look into owning an NHL team to avoid black athletes. Not the best advice. [Color of Hockey]
  • New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore, who lost his wife to cancer in 2012, was nominated for the Masterton Award for his dedication to hockey. E:60 also completed a short documentary. [My Life is Hockey]

  • Andrew Berkshire debunks Ron Maclean’s theory about the Montreal Canadiens receiving preferential treatment from referees during home games: “The only reasonable conclusion to be made here is that these guys are professionals, aren’t rattled by the crowd, and if anything, call the Canadiens tighter than other teams in order to combat the idea that they could be biased to their hometown team.” [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • An excellent piece on how the Chicago Blackhawks have benefited from hockey analytics. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Mark Messier discusses the construction of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in New York, which will have nine full size rinks. [Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine]
  • An investigation into the crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv hockey team has found that the flight crew was unlawfully sanctioned to fly the plane. [Yahoo! Puck Daddy]
  • Twenty seven years after being paralyzed in a WHL game, Brad Hornung shares his story and continued passion for the game. [Leader Post]
  • In honour of the NHL playoffs, a Top 10 list of hockey books from the CBC. [CBC Books]
  • The nominees for the Mark Messier Leadershup Award were announced this past week. [Hockey Fan Land]
  • Roberto Luongo is back in familiar territory as the Panthers will likely capitalize from his league-wide popularity. [Panther Parkway]

In case you missed it, here’s a short clip of Luongo getting ready to join the TSN panel and reconnecting with his former backup Jamie McLennan.

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