Weekly Links: P.K. Subban targeted by racist Tweets; Larry Kwong honoured at Hall of Fame; Shifts in body-checking since the 1970s; 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!

  • Larry Kwong is considered to be the first man of colour to play in the NHL, having suited up for one shift with the New York Rangers in the 1947-48 season. He is being honoured by having a jersey from his days with the Nanaimo Clippers displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Color of Hockey]
  • Avi Goldberg on notable issues surrounding Twitter during the NHL and NBA playoffs, including  a discussion of reaction to Ron Maclean’s comments about French Canadian referees on Hockey Night in Canada and the dangerous play of the Minnesota Wild’s Matt Cooke. [The Barnstormer]
  • PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens was the target of racist tweets by Boston Bruins fans following Game 1 of the teams’ series, and his response to them has earned him praise from fans and journalists. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Nick Cotsonika discusses the cultural significance of the Canadiens in Montreal and the passion of their fans. [Yahoo Sports!]

  • Tyler Dellow analyses tape of the infamous Broad Street Bullies Philadelphia Flyers of the mid-1970s, and argues that hitting culture has shifted over the year to allow later and more aggressive levels of body-checking. A really interesting read about culture shifts in NHL hockey. [mc79hockey]
  • An interview with CBC personality George Stroumboulopoulos, who will be the host of Hockey Night in Canada come September. [The Grid]
  • The IIHF’s Champions Hockey League competition will launch in 2014-15, and the number of teams has been expanded to 44 European clubs. [IIHF]
  • Rumours have begun to swirl about outdoor NHL games for the 2014-15 seasons. Might we the Dallas Stars host a game at Cowboy Staduim? [Defending Big D]
  • Or would the Stars play the role off opponent to the Minnesota Wild at a Stadium Series game? [Hockey Wilderness]

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