Weekly Links: CWHL All-Star Game reaction; KHL impacted by falling Russian Ruble; NHL’s mumps outbreak; 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!

  • If you missed Alvin Ma’s post on the CWHL All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, you can check it out here. [Hockey in Society]
  • Reina de la Isla and Zoë Hayden have both been doing great reporting on the CWHL this year. Here are their takes on the All-Star Game. [Hockey Wilderness; Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • The plunging ruble is destabilizing the Russian economy and drastically affecting the Kontinental Hockey League. This is an interesting story worth following in the coming months. Here is some initial analysis from Dmitry Chesnokov and James Mirtle. [Puck Daddy; Globe and Mail]
  • How has the NHL been hit by an outbreak of mumps, a relatively rare disease? Matt McCarthy explores this outbreak, which has affected more than 13 players and two officials, including Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby. [Deadspin]

  • A Penguins broadcaster was forced to apologize after making a very poor taste joke about the “I Can’t Breathe” protest of NBA players. [SB Nation]
  • Some very disturbing details have emerged in the domestic violence case against Slava Voynov of the Los Angeles Kings. Trigger warning for graphic descriptions of domestic violence. [Puck Daddy]
  • Canada’s 2015 World Junior squad may feature a relatively high number of players of colour on its roster, showing signs of the country’s slow diversification of its hockey players. [Color of Hockey]
  • An interesting report by Rick Westhead on a potential legalizing of sports betting in Canada, which could have major implications for the NHL and other pro leagues. [TSN]
  • Katie Baker weighs in on the potential NHL expansion to Las Vegas. [Grantland]
  • Finally, ESPN is producing a documentary on the 1980 Miracle on Ice game, this time from the perspective of the USSR team. [ESPN]

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