Weekly Links: NHL and KHL eye growth in China; NHL expansion news; Origins of the Blackhawks nickname; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. After a brief hiatus, we are back to posting this feature weekly. Enjoy!

  • We have had some great new posts at Hockey in Society over the past few weeks. Firstly, check out new contributor Heather Isnor’s piece on parental rink rage in youth hockey…. [Hockey in Society]
  • … as well as E. Martin Nolan’s insightful interview on Soviet hockey with journalist Lawrence Martin. [Hockey in Society]
  • Interesting tidbits on the globalization of hockey and its potential to take root in China. Firstly, if Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Oympics, the KHL may expand to put a team in the city. [TSN]
  • Meanwhile, this is a really interesting discussion on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ marketing efforts in China and the potential long-term outcomes from these. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • A good in-depth read on the origin of the Chicago Blackhawks’ name and logo, and (in light of the controversy on the NFL’s Washington Redskins nickname and logo) a consideration of whether it is offensive to Native American people. [The Atlantic]
  • African-Americans are increasingly becoming passionate fans of hockey, long a fanbase dominated by white spectators. [The Color of Hockey]
  • The NHL has opened up an expansion process that will likely lead to two additional teams. Las Vegas appears to be a shoe-in, with Quebec, Seattle, and Markham also in the mix. [Sportsnet]
  • Josh Cooper discusses the business side of expansion and the NHL’s need for caution as it grows. [Puck Daddy]
  • The City of Toronto has expanded its outdoor hockey rinks service, allowing Torontonians greater access to shinny in the winter months. [Globe and Mail]
  • Nashville Predators’ Mike Ribeiro is being tried in civil court for sexualt assault, and disturbing details in the case are coming out. [Puck Daddy]
  • Manon Rheume, who played a preseason game for the Tampa Bay Lightning 23 years ago, is now being the subject of a film. Here, she discuss the movie and her status as a role model to girls and women in hockey. [Vice Sports]

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