Weekly Links: Hockey’s problematic off-ice culture; NHL on trial over concussions; Audible pucks for the visually impaired; and more

  • With the news that the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane is being investigated for sexual assault, a strong and impassioned critique of the culture of the NHL (and hockey more broadly) with regards to its lack of action on sexual abuse and other problems: “The culture of the game is a horror show, it permeates several layers down, and nobody seems interested in cleaning it up.” [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Tim Baffoe with a strong critique of fans who rush to defend sport stars, such as Patrick Kane, without considering the broader context of their actions: “Our selfish fan culture causes us to reflexively think “Whoa, I hope Kaner comes out okay from whatever this is (and doesn’t miss any playing time for the Hawks).” That reaction, of course, fails to consider the other mentioned person supposedly involved—the unnamed woman. [CBS Chicago] (added Aug. 7, after initial publication)
  • As part of a concussions lawsuit by former players against the NHL, a judge has ruled that the league must turn over years more than four decades of data on players’ injuries and concussions. Rick Westhead reports on the many details and issues arising from this decision. [TSN]
  • With the NHL increasing its marketing efforts in China, and the 2022 Winter Olympics heading to Beijing, Sheng Peng examines how the Los Angeles Kings could become a popular team for Chinese fans.  [Jewels From the Crown]
  • The European Champions League is gearing up for the 2015-16 season. Cutler Klein gives an in-depth overview of the tournament and some interesting changes that are coming to it. [Ice Nation UK]
  • Students at Sheridan College in Toronto have created an audible puck, which is designed to help people with visual impairments participate in hockey. [Puck Daddy] (For more on Blind Hockey check out Courtney Szto’s post from earlier this year.)
  •  A good overview of some business and operational aspects of the NWHL, ahead of the women league’s inaugural season. One great idea: players will receive 15% of the purchase of jerseys with their name on it. [Ash on Ice]
  • The NHL has signed a groundbreaking partnership with MLB Advanced Media, which will take over management of the NHL’s website (NHL.com), the NHL Network TV station, and the NHL Game Center streaming service. Elliotte Friedman delves into the significance of this new partnership. [Sportsnet]
  • Meanwhile, Travis Hughes makes a strong argument against the NHL’s policy of regional blackouts of TV broadcasts. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • A new documentary, Ice Guardians, promises an in-depth look at fighting and the enforcer role in the NHL. Josh Cooper provides an interesting interview with film-maker Adam Scorgie. [Puck Daddy]
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