Weekly Links: NWHL salaries released; Team India unveils its jerseys; Drug abuse in hockey; and more

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

  • A collective post by five women hockey writers: “The NHL has a responsibility to suspend Patrick Kane”. [SB Nation]
  • The new NWHL is paying its athletes, which is great. The top earner for the innagural season (Kelli Stack of the Connecticut Whale) will earn $25,000, which is… not so great for an elite athlete. There is clearly a massive gap between women and men hockey players’ earnings. [The Hockey News]
  • On the upside, players earn a share of jersey sales with their name plate. Here is a mathematical breakdown of how much a player can earn this way (still not a lot). [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • A mainstream media piece on Hilary Knight’s struggles to make ends meet while playing elite hockey, and the pressures that come with being the face of the NWHL. [New York Times]
  • Team India will play its a match against the ECHL’s Brampton Beast this month. The team has released its jerseys ahead of the match. [The Hockey News]
  • Two very different looks at the impact of social/new media in hockey. Firstly, a look at how these media have changed the hockey viewing and fandom experience. [SI.com]
  • Next, Julie DiCarlo presents a chilling look at the misogynistic abuse and threats that women sport fans and commentators face in online environments. [The Cauldron]
  • Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Viktor Loov made headlines when he suggested, in an interview to a Swedish media outlet, that the NHL has a widespread cocaine problem. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Meanwhile Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman examine the issues of drug and alcohol addiction in the NHL, in light of recent stories involving Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll, Brian McGrattan, and more. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Scott Matla takes a deep look into the impact of fighting on wins and losses in the NHL. The conclusion? Fighting “has minimal (if any) redeemable value for teams across the league, no matter which light you paint it in.” [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • After his tragic death last week, Todd Ewen’s family has donated his brain to concussion research. [The Hockey News]
  • Matt Dolloff critiques the NHL for “playing dumb” about the effects of the sport on the brain health of its athletes. [CBS Boston]
  • Hockey Canada has released its selection camp roster for the men’s national sledge team. [Hockey Canada]
  • A detailed look at and ranking of the European leagues that compete in the Champions League. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Potential NHL expansion to Quebec and Las Vegas continues to inch forward. The league will get very rich from this move. [Los Angeles Times]

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