Weekly Links: News on the concussion lawsuit against the NHL; Jujhar Khaira and NHLers of Punjabi heritage; and more

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

  • A member of the ongoing concussions lawsuit against the NHL, ex-NHLer Rudy Poeschek, speaks about the league and his experiences with head trauma in hockey. [Huffington Post]
  • Meanwhile, investigative journalists and former players are trying to get the NHL’s email correspondence about head trauma and violence made public. The emails that have become public do not show the league in a pretty light. [TSN]
  • Andrea Barone, an openly gay referee in the Southern Professional Hockey League who wishes to one day referee in the NHL, on the challenges and rewards of his hockey journey. [Out Sports]
  • Greg Wyshynski and Jared Clinton both penned pieces on the Edmonton Oilers’ Jujhar Khaira, who became just the third player of Punjabi heritage to play in the NHL. [Puck Daddy; The Hockey News]
  • A disturbing story about two junior players in the USHL who have pleaded guilty to child pornography, after recording and distributing without consent a sex video with an underage girl. Ryan Kennedy uses the story as a launch-pad to call for wider changes to the culture of the sport. [The Hockey News]
  • Ratings for Rogers Sportsnet’s NHL games are sliding, and the lackluster play of the Toronto Maple Leafs may be to blame. [The Star]
  • An interesting look at how the IIHF is trying to increase parity in women’s international hockey through leadership and mentorship programs with less strong hockey nations. [Women’s Hockey Life]
  • The NWHL has struck a deal with ESPN3, and its games will stream on the mobile network and bring increased visibility to the new league. [Today’s Slapshot; Puck Daddy]
  • Chris Johnston reflects on the impact of outgoing COO John Collins had on the NHL, including being a driving force in introducing outdoor games. [Sportsnet]
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