Weekly Links: Evander Kane accused of sex crime; Young Habs fan flagged on no-fly list; the Women’s Winter Classic; and more.

Women's Winter Classic. Photo from the CBC.

Women’s Winter Classic. Photo from the CBC.

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

  • The people of Swift Current continue to deal with the effects of Graham James’ abusive coaching decades later. [Globe and Mail]
  • Ontario has a storied history of women’s hockey. Check out this look backwards at early women’s hockey from [The Pension Plan Puppets].
  • In the era enhanced national security measures, often referred to as the “new normal”, a young Habs fan was flagged on a no-fly list on his way to the Winter Classic. [Global News]
  • In case you missed it, Kane is back in the news but this time it’s Evander.  He has been accused of a sex crime also taking place in Boston. [CBC News]
  • Perhaps because of this latest incident, the NHL and PA have decided it is time to address domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault, with all teams being “trained” by the end of February. [TSN]
  • [The Victory Press] discusses the pros and cons of the first ever Women’s Winter Classic game, and [Today’s Slap Shot] provides us with some takeaways.
  • Another one from [Today’s Slap Shot] argues that, despite the tied game, the Women’s Classic was a win for the sport of women’s hockey.
  • Shannon Miller is the most successful female hockey coach of all time. [Female Coaching Network] outlines her impact on the game, and how her time and dismissal from the University of Minnesota Duluth failed to uphold Title IX.
  • Did you watch the Winter Classic? If not, don’t feel bad because apparently not many people did. [Sports Illustrated]
  • The Winter Classic seems to have lost some of its lustre over the years, arguably an effect of the Stadium Series. Clinton Yates asserts that a re-conceptualization may be in order. [Washington Post]
  • The NHL is really starting to get noticed as an environmentally conscious league [Chicago Tribune] which, on the whole, is a good thing.  But, in case you missed it, Courtney Szto outlined the flip side of all that positive attention with a “radical” ask of the NHL to show true environmental leadership [How do you “green” the NHL? Cut down on the games!].
  • Arizona still seems to have a hard time fostering hockey fans, but according to [Vice Sports], Auston Mathews may be a key component to growing hockey in the desert.
  • The Islanders are still having trouble drawing in fans from Manhattan, Queens, and the surrounding Brooklyn area so they are rolling out million dollar marketing campaign to try and get more butts in the seats. [Puck Daddy]
  • “Fun” isn’t usually considered in multi-billion dollar discussions but when you trying to sell entertainment, shouldn’t “fun” be paramount? [Vice Sports] explores the lack of “fun” in the NHL stating, “While other sports celebrate individualism, the NHL takes individualism into a locked room, ties it to a chair and beats it into a quote about teammates helping out and the win being the most important thing.”
  • 540 Films is doing a documentary about the NWHL. Check out the trailer! [540 Films]
  • Looking for tips to improve your slap shot? Check out Professor Alain Hache’s second book, Slap Shot Science, which is his second written homage to his loves of hockey and physics. [CBC]
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