Weekly Links: Double standards for Slava Voynov and Mike Richards; Players as numbers vs. players as people; Jamaica building its hockey program; 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!

  • “How the Kings alienated victims of abuse with a business move”. An important read from Katie Flynn on the Los Angeles Kings inconsistent handling of Slava Voynov’s domestic assault case and Mike Richards’ arrest for transporting painkiller drugs across the border. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Voynov is beginning his 90-day prison sentence, and seems unlikely to play in the NHL again. The KHL, however, appears ready to welcome back to Russia once his sentence is served. [Puck Daddy]
  • A really interesting post from Stefan Wolejszo on the tension between statistical analysis of players’ performance (i.e. reducing their qualities to numbers] and the judgement of their character for their off-ice actions. [Stories Numbers Tell]
  • Jamaica is making a push to build its men’s national team, drawing heavily on expats living in Canada. William Douglas gives an update on the progress of the U-18 team, which recently finished second at a tournament in Ontario. [Color of Hockey]
  • The Vancouver Canucks drew the ire of some British Columbians this week for a pair of Twitter posts about team building exercises at the team’s prospect camp. One tweet featured their prospects lighting camp fires and the other showed them using a fire hose – this at a time when the province is battling forest fires and rationing water. [CBC Sports]
  • An interesting read about the New York Islanders’ now-former arena, the Nassau Colisuem, and the generation of stadium construction it represented. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • The NHL and KHL have been working on a transfer agreement that would allow players to move between the leagues and would set compensation levels for clubs. However, these talks have recently stalled. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of the KHL, the league is attempting to launch a U-18 national junior team along the lines of the US’ U-18 National Development Team. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • The Ottawa Senators are likely to host an outdoor game in 2017, to coincide with celebrations for both Canada’s 150th and the NHL’s 100th anniversary. [Metro]
  • A new documentary looks at the World Hockey Association, which challenged the NHL’s supremacy in the 1970s. [The Hockey News]

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