Weekly Links: Steve Montador’s death and legacy; Race and hockey culture; CTE diagnosis breakthrough; 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!

  • Former NHLer Steve Montador passed away this week at age 35. Although he had a history of depression and concussions, there is no evidence to suggest these contributed to his death. Nonetheless, Ken Campbell reports, Montador was aware of the detrimental impact of concussions and, according to his brother, “would want (the concussion issue) to be at the forefront” of discussions about his life. [The Hockey News]
  • Meanwhile, Hockey in Society contributor Courtney Szto uses Montador’s death as a jumping off point for a discussion of dangerous masculinity in sport. [The Rabbit Hole]
  • Dr. Gilman W. Whiting (Vanderbildt University) has a great piece on race and hockey, with a particular focus on his experience as a black youth growing up in Boston in the 1970s. [The Conversation]
  • Rick Westhead reports that UCLA researchers may have developed a way to identify CTE – a major debilitating symptom of concussions – in living people. This could revolutionize our understanding of how hockey impacts the brains of its athletes. [TSN]

  • A really interesting read on corporate sponsorship of Michigan’s youth hockey leagues. [Bloomberg]
  • Sadly, racism against Aboriginal athletes and parents is an issue in some Canadian youth hockey leagues. This article looks at racist chants directed toward First Nations boys in a Regina, SK youth league. [CBC News]
  • After being dismissed from her coaching post at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Shannon Miller is pursuing legal action the university under Title IX legislation. [Puck Daddy]
  • I participated on a panel on the best film portrayal of an athlete, and threw in a vote for Roy Dupuis’ performance as Maurice Richard in The Rocket. [The All Rounder]
  • Want to know the career paths of NHL General Managers? Sean McIndoe breaks it down here. In a nutshell, you’re likely not getting hired unless you played the sport at a high level – Old Boys Club, anyone? [Grantland]
  • An on-ice attack in a KHL game may lead to criminal charges. [The Faceoff Circle]
  •  A wrap-up of the #OTTAnalytics Conference hosted earlier this month at Carleton University. [Canucks Army]
  • NHL.com is radically overhauling its stats tracking and reporting, incorporating developments both in technology and advanced hockey stats. Greg Wyshynski breaks down the rollout of these features, which began today, and the implications for fans and journalists. [Puck Daddy]
  • Despite losing the broadcast rights to the NHL, Canadian network TSN continues to post strong ratings. [Awful Announcing]
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