Weekly Links: Joshua Ho-Sang and not fitting into hockey’s culture; Ottawa Gee Gees suspended for alleged “sexual misconduct”; Hockey community support for LGBTQ equality; 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!

  • Steve Simmons talks to prospect Joshua Ho-Sang who believes his skill and talent may be overlooked because of the color of his skin. A really interesting story. [Toronto Sun]
  • And here is Neate Sager’s take on the Simmons interview with Ho-Sang. [Buzzing the Net]
  • Clare Austin examines how prior perception impacts how people understand events and relationships, with a focus on the trade of Martin St. Louis for Ryan Callahan between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers. Probably the only time you will see the NHL trade deadline linked with a discussion of how dominant racial perceptions in the early 1800s facilitated the creation of unfair and racist policies and structures in the US. So, in other words, well worth a read. [Puckology]
  • The University of Ottawa, a member of the CIS, has suspended its Gee Gees men’s hockey team for the 2014-15 season and fired its head coach. The move comes “after an internal investigation of allegations of drinking and sexual misconduct by some players during a trip to Thunder Bay in February.” [Sportsnet]

  • An excellent summary of hockey analytics and the key reasons why it’s become an integral part of the game. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Neil Greenberg examines the career potential of draft picks from the Canadian Hockey League and the NCAA, concluding that prospects from US college have their potential undervalued by NHL teams. [Washington Post]
  • Adam Proteau wonders if, in light of the movement to rename the Washington Redskins, the Chicago Blackhawks logo and nickname may face similar opposition. [The Hockey News]
  • Michael Farber hosted a great documentary looking at the losing strategy of the 1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins who wanted desperately to draft Mario Lemieux first overall. [TSN Bardown]
  • Justin Bourne examines the career paths for young male hockey players looking to go pro, including the many important and life-altering decisions they must make as teenagers. [The Score]
  • Toronto is hosting World Pride this year, and a number of well-known athletes will be marching in the parade under the You Can Play banner. Among them will be Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames. [@BurkieYCP]
  • Finally, Kiruna IF, a men’s team in Sweden’s third division, will wear rainbow-themed jerseys next season to show support for LGBTQ rights. Check out the jerseys below. [The Hockey News]

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