Weekly Links: Vladimir Putin and the politics of the KHL; A review of Derek Boogaard biography; Jack Johnson’s bankruptcy; 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 it, check out Sunil Agnihotri’s take on the rise and demise of Cap Geek. [Hockey in Society]
  • I wrote a review of John Branch’s new book, Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard for The All Rounder. The book builds on the fantastic reporting Branch did for his insightful series of 2011 reports on Boogaard’s life and passing. [The All Rounder]
  • A really interesting look at the KHL and Vladimir Putin’s political relationship with hockey, the power of which is jeopardized by Russia’s current economic crisis. [Vice Sports]
  • A detailed look at the sad and cautionary story of NHL star Jack Johnson, who declared bankruptcy after his parents, who controlled his finances, blew through his millions in career earnings. [Deadspin]

  • Michael Leboff is excited about the New York Islanders and Rangers rivalry, praising it as a great NHL derby. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Toronto city councilors are trying to get more public rinks built in the city’s eastern and northern regions of Scarborough and North York. [City News]
  • A Montreal theatre company is in hot water after portraying Canadiens star P.K. Subban using an actor in blackface. Yes, blackface is still an ongoing issue in North America in 2015. [Puck Daddy]
  • NBC, the NHL’s preeminent national broadcaster in the US, made a number of commentating errors during its broadcast of a recent Dallas Stars game. Brandon Worley has had enough and calls on the broadcaster to improve its quality and professionalism. [Defending Big D]
  • Members of the University of Ottawa men’s hockey team, which was suspended in 2014 due to sexual assault charges against two of its players. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • Lyle Richardson has some ideas to improve the NHL All-Star Game. [Spector’s Hockey]
  • Some franchise relocation news in the CHL, with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers looking set to move to Flint, MI. [Buzzing the Net]
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