Weekly Links: Sexism in hockey media and fan groups; NHL expansion news and rumours; Ovechkin supports separatists in Ukraine?; 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!

  • Alexander Ovechkin, who has a friendly relationship with Vladimir Putin, appears to be using social media to promote Russian propaganda and show his support the separatists in Ukraine. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Jen Mac Rammos calls out hockey media for being a sexist and exclusionary boys’ club. A very important piece and a definite must-read. [Fear the Fin]
  • Two University of Ottawa hockey players have been charged with sexual assault, following an incident in February that led to the suspension of the entire team. This article situates the incident in a broader culture of sexual entitlement and rape that pervades many sporting and university environments. [The Star]
  • An interview with Mike Burse, a hockey writer who is working to bring the advanced stats movement to women’s hockey and the CWHL. [Hockey Wilderness]

  • Reports that the NHL will expand by as many as four teams sent shockwaves through the league this week. While it remains to be seen if this happens, the front-runners for a team include Quebec City, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Toronto. [The Hockey News]
  • Rogers has announced new additions to its broadcasting lineup for the start of its new mega-deal with the NHL, and it features many familiar names for CBC viewers, such as Cassie Campbell-Pascall, PJ Stock, Kelly Hrudey, Glenn Healy, and Craig Simpson. [Kukla’s Korner]
  • William Douglas on Jamaica’s improbable effort to qualify a men’s team in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. [Color of Hockey]
  • Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues calls out EA Sports for darkening his skin tone in the new NHL ’15 game. [Puck Daddy]
  • Neate Sager has an interesting post about goalie development in the Canadian Hockey League, in light of the decision by Jake Patterson of the London Knights to retire at age 20. [Buzzing the Net]
  • A mother in Montreal is fighting back against laws that prohibit neighbourhood children from playing street hockey. [CBC News]
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