Weekly Links: Detroit’s new arena; Maple Leafs hire analytics expert; New rating system for helmets; Panthers no longer employ cheerleaders, and more

Source: CBC News

Source: CBC News

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!

  • A closer look into the plans for the new arena for the Detroit and the critical issues pertaining to its development and maintenance. [Kukla’s Korner]
  • Meanwhile, taxpayers in Pennsylvania are still paying a heavy price for the Penguins rink. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • The Arizona Coyotes are facing another legal hurdle as the local mayor alleges that the agreement struck between the city and the teams ownership group may have broken state laws. [Five for Howling]
  • In its attempts to improve its international ranking, and thus qualify to claim its host berth at the 2018 Olympics, South Korea’s men’s program has hired Seoul-born former NHLer Jim Paek as its head coach. [Puck Daddy]
  • Scientists at Virginia Tech are developing a new rating system to measure how effective various hockey helmets are at preventing concussions. [New York Times]

  • The Maple Leafs made some changes to their front office hiring 28-year old Kyle Dubas, who was the GM of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Bringing in his experience with hockey analytics, some suspect there may be a major shift in how the Maple Leafs approach the game. [Sportsnet]
  • The hiring also gives Leafs’ fans some hope as their team appears to be moving away from the traditional model of thinking when it comes to acquisition and deployment of players. [Leafs Nation]
  • Jim Nill, general manager of the Dallas Stars, recently praised the work of bloggers and their work pertaining to hockey analytics. Nill also voiced his support for better data tracking technology for not only teams to access, but fans as well. [Sporting News]
  • An interesting critique of the Detroit Red Wings media department and its cozy relationship with certain media outlets and personalities, written by a blogger who was blackballed by the organization after writing articles critical of management decisions. [Winging it in Motown]
  • The NHL released its 2014 Sustainability Report, which emphasized the threat of climate change to the game. [Foreign Policy]
  • A great profile of the Subban family. [Color of Hockey]
  • Two teenage girls in Manitoba have been charged for assaulting a referee during a minor league hockey game. [CBC News]
  • And finally, the Florida Panthers have announced that they will no longer be employing cheerleaders for in-game entertainment. Jonathan Willis wonders why the Edmonton Oilers, who have no issues drawing fans, despite their poor performance, still require cheerleaders. [Cult of Hockey]

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