Weekly Links: NHL playoff violence; IIHF re-launches a European Champions League; NHL expansion speculation; 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!

  • The series between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers is getting violent, with Brandon Prust earning a suspension for breaking Derek Stepan’s jaw with an illegal check and Dan Carcillo getting a 10-game suspension for aggression against a linesman while trying to get after Prust. Ken Campbell weighs in by criticizing the NHL for its disciplinary standards tacit condoning of violence: “The NHL and its culture of violence is every bit as culpable for all of this as the perpetrators were.” [The Hockey News]
  • Despite (or bolstered by?) the violence that characterizes seemingly every NHL playoffs, TV ratings in the US are doing well. [Puck Daddy]
  • Interesting read about advanced stats in hockey compared to the power of narratives to shape perception. Definitely worth a read. [Puckology]

  • Adam Proteau praises the IIHF for making progressive rule changes that the NHL is loathe to adopt. [The Hockey News]
  • The IIHF is reinstating its Champions League tournament, and this week announced the 44 European clubs that will compete in the 2014-15. [SB Nation]
  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman conducted an interview with TSN’ Pierre LeBrun, in which he discussed topics such the likelihood of NHL expansion, future outdoor games, and the NHL Draft lottery. [TSN]
  • Could NHL expansion in Cleveland, OH ever work? [The Hockey Writers]
  • Two links that are not directly about hockey, but are highly relevant to homophobia in the sport and efforts to combat it. First, a historical overview of gay men in American pro sport, including a timeline of those who came out during or after their careers. Which sport do you think is not represented on the list? [Sport in American History]
  • Secondly, a team of researchers is conducting a global study on homophobia in sport. You can read more about the study and get a link to participate here. [Outsports]

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