Weekly Links: Reaction to Rogers’ NHL broadcast mega-deal; CWHL to be broadcast on Sportsnet; OHL launches mental health initiative; 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!

  • Please check out our first of two posts on women’s hockey this week, which are using the IIHF’s Girls’ Hockey Weekend as an opportunity to discuss issues for women in hockey culture. The second piece will appear later this weekend. [Hockey in Society]
  • James Bradshaw takes an in-depth look at the 12-year mega-deal signed by Rogers for NHL broadcast rights, and how it will affect the Hockey Night in Canada programming and viewing experience. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Meanwhile, if you can get past the shameless self-promotion of Rogers, this Michael Grange piece gives some interesting insight into the company’s planned innovations for its broadcasts. [Sportsnet]
  • Katie Flynn has an excellent critique of the exclusion of many qualified women from the Rogers broadcast team – definitely a must read. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Clare Austen was frustrated by an interview with US hockey star Hilary Knight, who recently practiced with the Anaheim Ducks, which was posted on Puck Daddy. She critiques the substance of the interview and poses a series of questions that would provide deeper insight into issues and opportunities in women’s hockey. [Puckology]
  • Some small but important steps for the CWHL this year, as Sportsnet has signed on to broadcast the Clarkson Cup playoffs and an as-yet-to-be-named special event. [Sportsnet]
  • Unfortunately for women in NCAA hockey, there is no such TV deal for their competitions. Eric Burton explores why this is the case and argues for it change. [The Hockey Writers]

  • If you haven’t yet heard about the Philadelphia Flyers’ bungling of its ice cleaning team (in which women wear skimpy costumes and men wear track suits), give these pieces by Travis Hughes and Melissa Geschwind a read. [Broadstreet Hockey; Melissaverse]
  • In light of Terry Trafford’s tragic death earlier this year, the Ontario Hockey League is launching a mental health campaign in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association. [Buzzing the Net]
  • John Branch, who’s excellent journalism on Derek Boogaard’s life and death offered brilliant insight into hockey culture, has published a book on Boogaard called Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard. [New York Times]
  • TSN broadcaster Bob McKenzie also has a new book coming out, entitled Hockey Confidential: Insides Stories From People Inside The Game. You can read an excerpt here, in which he explores the origin of the name of the advanced stat Corsi. [TSN]
  • A good look at the NHL’s advanced stats movement, and its impact on the online analytics community that has lost many of its key members. [fivethirtyeight]

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