Weekly Links: Reconsidering “respect” in hockey culture; New hockey doc, “Red Army”; Penn State’s distasteful support for Joe Paterno; & 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!.

  • When AHL goalie Reto Berra of the Lake Erie Monsters scored an empty net goal, he reacted as most players do – by skating by his bench to high-five his teammates. Players on the rival Chicago Wolves took offense, and started rough play in reaction. Jeff Veillette argues that this incident reflects an out-dated conservative hockey culture, and that the sport needs to start taking its construction of “respect” less seriously. [Faceoff Circle]
  • An in-depth look at the new documentary Red Army, and its director Gabe Polsky. [Grantland]
  • Ryan Kennedy discusses a familiar argument: does fighting have a place in the sport anymore? [The Hockey News]
  • Ryan Lambert rages at Penn State’s men’s hockey team, which wore stickers celebrating disgraced football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno, who died in 2012, was determined to have allowed sexual abuse of children by his assistant coach to go unreported. [Puck Daddy]

  • An interesting and very graphic look by Matt Crossman at the little-publicized job of NHL dentist. Definitely not for the squeamish reader. [Bleacher Report]
  • Justin Bourne takes a look at changes to hockey technology and how they have impacted the game. [The Score]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs’ fans have made a habit of throwing jerseys on the ice, apparently in protest at the team’s performance and/or management. In response MLSE has had the jersey tossers charged by police and banned from the Air Canada Centre. Michael Grange and Adam Proteau support a crackdown on the practice…. [Sportsnet; The Hockey News]
  • … while Greg Wyshynski opposes the reaction of MLSE. [Puck Daddy]
  • A potential NHL expansion team in Las Vegas may net the league $450 million in expansion fees. For comparison, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild each paid $80 million in 1997. [TSN]
  • Becca Ou looks at the NHL’s potential gamble in Vegas. [The Pink Puck]
  • A look at the work Ben Scrivens, goalie for the Edmonton Oilers, is doing to battle stigma against mental illness. [The Hockey News]

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