Weekly Links: Let’s talk about concussions!; Autism and hockey; Accidentally falling in love with women’s hockey; and more

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

  • If you haven’t heard, China has been awarded the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and it seems that this choice may bode well for the NHL. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Where are all the female coaches in the NHL? This question could be extended to pretty much every sport but HappyCarat provides us with a comprehensive piece on the barriers that exist for women wanting to coach in hockey. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Concussions. Need I say more. It’s relevant and they aren’t going away. One piece here from [Pension Plan Puppets] on the side effects of concussions and another from [The Atlantic] on the possibility of using a blood test to definitively diagnose them.
  • Pride season is in full swing. The Vancouver Canucks will be participating in Vancouver Pride this weekend and Stockholm Pride will also have a local hockey presence. [The Hockey News]
  • Do you remember the sexual assault scandal that wiped out an entire season for the University of Ottawa men’s hockey team? The question now is how does the school move forward from a scandal like that? [Eh Game]
  • Another great piece from HappyCarat on the culture of toughness and how hockey players deal with and view injuries through the lens of masculinity.  While it may not be realistic for teams to value tomorrow over today, it is becoming increasingly necessary. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Autism seems to be an increasing diagnosis these days. While celebrities may have their own perspectives on how to deal with such a condition, hockey fans shouldn’t be surprised that the sport of hockey has been in invaluable in helping one particular family deal with their son’s autism. [Vice Sports]
  • If you don’t support women’s hockey yet, consider checking out Jared Book’s piece on “accidentally falling in love with women’s hockey.” [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Lastly, if you are looking for some hockey news to fill the ears, check out this interview with Brigette Lacquette discussing lessons learned about racism, bullying, and poverty at a Yukon First Nations Hockey Camp. [CBC Yukon]
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