Weekly Links: Gender and the Alex Galchenyuk domestic violence case; Japanese women in the CWHL; Revisiting the “Punch-up in Piešťany”; and more

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

  • Montreal Canadiens player Alex Galchenyuk was allegedly attacked by his girlfriend, who was arrested on domestic violence charges. Paul Wheeler has an insightful look at how Galchenyuk has been treated (spoiler: misogynistic insults and questions about his sexuality and masculinity) in the broader context of reactions to domestic or sexual violence by hockey players. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • Meanwhile, this excellent piece used the incident to focus on problematic media portrayals and the toxic masculinity of our society. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Part 3 in Zoë Hayden’s excellent look at the CWHL and NWHL, this one focused on player safety and fighting. The first two parts of the series are linked in the post, and I recommend checking out all of them! [The Victory Press]
  • A handful of Japanese national women’s players are playing in the CWHL in an effort to improve their games and their country’s Olympic success. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Denna Laing of the Boston Pride suffered a serious injury during the outdoor Women’s Winter Classic in Foxborough, MA on January 1. She is now hospitalized but remaining positive. [ESPNW; WCVB5]
  • A recent report is suggesting that Laing may sue the NHL, NWHL, CWHL, and stadium owners the New England Patriots. [TSN]
  • Did you know that Hockey in Society contributor Zuzana Botikova is a journalist with the English language Radio Slovakia International? Here, she examines the infamous 1987 “Punch-up in Piešťany” brawl between the junior teams of Canada and the USSR at the World Junior Championships in Piešťany, Czechoslovakia. [Radio Slovakia International]
  • The Calgary Flames continue to push for public funding for a new arena, in spite of Alberta’s economic slump and the dropping price of oil. Gary Bettman recently called on the city to support this effort, and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi was not impressed. [Flames Nation; The Globe and Mail]
  • Rick Westhead reports on what the slumping Canadian dollar may mean for the NHL, its teams, and its players. [TSN]
  • Meanwhile, Gary Lawless conducted an in-depth interview with Gary Bettman about the Canadian dollar, the NHL’s financial situation, expansion plans, and violence, amongst other topics. [TSN]
  • The Los Angeles Kings featured a gay couple on their “Kiss Cam,” an event being hailed as a first in the NHL. [CBC; Mic.com]
  • Interesting look at a new hockey academy in Austria, sponsored by Red Bull, which is attracting talented youth from North America. [Last Word on Sports]
  • Edwin Hedberg of the KHL’s Medveščak Zagreb was the victim of a racist banana-throwing incident while playing against Spartak Moscow. [Puck Daddy]
  • Former NHLer Joe Juneau has dedicated his post-NHL career to helping establish hockey programs for Inuit youth in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut. [Boston Globe]
  • The University of North Dakota abandoned its “Fighting Sioux” nickname, but fans are resisting the move and refusing to support the new “Fighting Hawks” name. [Puck Daddy]
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