Weekly Links: Off-ice incidents raising questions about NHL culture; Women’s hockey labour; Hockey in Costa Rica and India; and more

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

  • Patrick Kane’s sexual assault investigation is still ongoing, but the Chicago Blackhawks included him on their training camp roster. He, along with team officials, held a press conference that dodged the accusations and was widely critiqued for being “tone deaf.” [NBC Sports]
  • Meanwhile, Michael Powell offers an overview of Kane’s history misbehaviour and how it is regularly excused by those in hockey. [New York Times]
  • Kane is not the only NHLer facing sexual assault charges. Ben Johnson, a New Jersey Devils prospect, is missing prospects camp and as he awaits a verdict from his trial for sexual assault. [Fire on Ice]
  • Slava Voynov, who recently completed a jail sentence for domestic violence, is leaving the NHL and moving back to Russia. Jen Neale is extremely unimpressed with the Los Angeles Kings’ (lack of) response to his actions. [Puck Daddy]
  • With all of this problematic off-ice behaviour, you might think there would be more questions being asked about the culture of pro hockey. Instead, some mainstream media is framing these as isolated incidents – while suggesting that the NBA and NFL do have a culture problem. A major difference between those leagues? The NHL is mostly White, they are mostly Black. Hmm…. [Canucks Army]
  • There is lots of good women’s hockey pieces this week. Firstly, this really insightful read on women’s hockey labour, including the workplace risks and limited financial reward. [Watch This Hockey]
  • Shannon Szabados may be assuming the starting goalie role for the SPHL’s Columbus Cottonmouths. Why is this roster news so big? Because she is the only woman in the SPHL, an otherwise men’s league. [Sportsnet]
  • Finally, Team USA star Cammi Granato co-wrote a piece with her brother Tony about her career in hockey. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • Is there more to the Calgary Flames’ arena proposal than meets the eye? A look at how it could be tied to a 2026 Winter Olympic bid by the city. [Flames Nation]
  • Clayton Stoner, of the Anaheim Ducks, is facing five charges for the unlawful hunting of a grizzly bear in British Columbia in 2013. [Vancouver Sun]
  • Some interesting news on hockey in countries not known for the sport. Firstly, an article by Jonathan Hiltz on hockey in Costa Rica. [The Hockey News]
  • And Jared Clinton reports on an exhibition match to be played in Brampton, ON (which is home to a large East Indian population) between the ECHL’s Brampton Beast and the national team of India. [The Hockey News]
  • Finally, the Links conclude with some hockey philanthropy news. Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks are funding an after school program for at risk youth in Surrey, BC… [Metro News]
  • … while Montreal Canadiens start P.K. Subban will be donating a whopping $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. [Sportsnet]
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