Weekly Links: Brandon Prust on the role of fighting; Hockey’s cultural significance; World Cup to air on ESPN; 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!

  • This blog tends to very critical of fighting in hockey, but for an informative counter-perspective check out this piece by NHLer Brandon Prust on the importance of fighting in the sport. [Player’s Tribune]
  • Just came across this older piece (from Jan. 12) by Sam Riches, which considers the complex meaning of hockey in Canadian culture. Definitely an interesting read. [Pacific Standard]
  • Nicholas Di Giovanni with a strong critique of Rogers’ hockey broadcasts, particularly their Maple Leafs-centric approach. [Last Word on Sports]
  • In other media news, the new 2016 World Cup of Hockey will air in the US on ESPN. Greg Wyshynski weighs the pros and cons of this for the NHL. [Puck Daddy]

  • Swedish club Lulea has won the first ever Champions Hockey League, defeating fellow Swedish Hockey League team Frolunda in the final. [The Hockey News]
  • Puck Buddys is doing a series of interviews with ambassadors to the US from hockey playing nations. You can check out the first of these, an interview with the Finnish ambassador, here. [Puck Buddys]
  • Smrita Sinhi with a powerful piece on Val James, the first Black American to play in the NHL. [VICE Sports]
  • Rick Westhead with an investigative piece on fake NHL merchandise, tickets and memorabilia. [TSN]
  • Detroit is considering a bid to host the 2018 World Junior Championships, which will occur after the Red Wings new downtown arena is constructed. [USA Today]
  • Speaking of new arenas, Calgary is now looking to replace its iconic Saddledome, which opened in 1983. [Global]
  • Andi D. proposes a new alignment for the AHL and ECHL, after the details of the AHL’s new western division were released. [Mile High Hockey]
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