Weekly Links: Coach Shannon Miller fired by Minnesota-Duluth; Lawsuit by ex-players against the CHL; World Junior Championship news and issues; 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!

  • The University of Minnesota-Duluth women’s hockey program has let legendary coach Shannon Miller go, citing budget constraints. Miller made $207,000 last year; the university’s men’s coach made $265,000. [New York Times]
  • Clare Austin takes a Foucauldian look at power and resistance in women’s hockey. [Puckology]
  • With ongoing controversy regarding whether junior players should be better compensated for their labour, Eric Duhatschek examines the business of the CHL and the disparity between franchise values and revenues, as well as the experience of the players in the league (for more on this topic please check out Vicky Grygar’s work on this site). [Globe and Mail]
  • Jeff J. Klein also looks at the lawsuits facing the CHL and the numerous issues at stake in this ongoing struggle. [New York Times]

  • Based on disappointing attendance numbers, the World Junior Championships, being co-hosted in Toronto and Montreal, may not be the revenue-generating machine tournament organizers had hoped. [The Star]
  • Meanwhile, Damien Cox discusses the different atmosphere for the tournament, which traditionally was held in smaller cities, in the large city of Toronto.  [The Star]
  • Mike Brophy takes a look at Murray Williamson, who in the 1970s helped launch the World Junior tournament.  [The Hockey News]
  • Ken Campbell has an interesting look at the Czech Republic’s efforts to boost it’s junior program after years of disappointing results at the World Juniors. [The Hockey News]
  • Two prominent hockey personalities were honoured in this year’s Order of Canada induction: Sheldon Kennedy, who has worked to raise awareness and help prevent child abuse; and long-time CBC (and now Rogers) announcer Bob Cole. [Sportsnet]
  • Yesterday’s Winter Classic at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. drew the lowest TV ratings in the event’s history. Has the outdoor game lost its lustre? [Puck Daddy]
  • The NHL is attempting to address its environmental impact by purchasing carbon offsets for the 2014-15 season. [Think Progress]
  • An interesting look at the career of Jaromir Jagr, and some of the struggles he faced growing up and leaving Communist Czechoslovakia. [The Hockey Writers]
  • An update on Slava Voynov’s domestic violence case. Voynov may face nine years in jail if he is convicted. [Sportsnet]

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