Weekly Links: Stadium Series reaction; NHL joins the advanced stats movement; Larionov on Soviet and North American styles; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy!

  • With the NHL entering the advanced stats business, a movement built on the backs of fan’s free and collaborative labour, HIS conributor Sunil Agnihotri has a great analysis of the significance of this shift. [The Superfan]
  • Reina De La Isla with a great piece on how comparing women’s hockey to men’s is both inaccurate and damaging to the women’s game. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Russian hockey legend Igor Larionov wrote a thoughtful piece about his experience playing hockey in the Soviet Union and the differences between the Soviet and North American styles of play. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Sean McIndoe with a wrap of the 2015 NHL Stadium Series game, played at Levi’s Stadium between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks. The game drew over 70,000 fans. [Grantland]

  • A great read about the Punjabi Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts, which are helping expose new Canadians to the sport. [The Star]
  • Joshue Kloke examines steroid use in the NHL, particularly for accelerating recovery from concussions. [Vice Sports]
  • Why are girls in hockey suffering concussions at rates much higher than youth in other sports, including boys’ football? [Globe and Mail]
  • The Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly caused a controversy when he suggested the team should not play like “girls,” and since apologized for the statement. Adam Proteau looks at why the insult matters and counters those who see no problem with it. [The Hockey News]
  • John Lorinc looks at some of the politics behind Toronto’s public outdoor rinks. I will have a post on this topic next week, so please check back then! [Spacing]
  • James Mirtle on the Sloan Analytics Conference, which has helped radically reshape statistics and analytics in hockey and other North American sports. [Globe and Mail]
  • The mayor of Seattle is looking to make an NHL expansion team, not an NBA team, the first tenant at a new arena. [Puck Daddy]
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