The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy!
- Who invented hockey? A new documentary is trying to make the case that the Mi’Kmaq (Canadian First Nations group) were the first to play hockey as we know it. [Global News]
- Tyler Boston talks about the difficulties of trying to balance school and a career in the OHL. [Vice Sports]
- Rebecca Russell was named the new head coach of the Clarenville Caribous men’s senior hockey team. The reactions to a female head coach were disappointing, to say the least. [Female Coach Network] [CBC]
- Bob McKenzie wrote a great piece reflecting on the kind of taunts the Sedin brothers have had to face their entire career. [TSN] And, John Garrett puts his own thoughts in writing as well. [Canucks.com]
- Molson Canadian is at it again with their #AnythingForHockey contest. This time, the rink can be found on top of a Toronto skyscraper [Sportsnet], and one writer from [Pension Plan Puppets] was fortunate enough to get to play on Molson’s rink, 30 stories up!
- Ever wondered who the power elite of men’s professional hockey are? Here are the top 25 “power brokers” according to John Shannon. [Sportsnet]
- A SUNY Geneseo hockey player was stabbed to death in a murder-suicide. [Vice Sports] [The Hockey News]
- Here’s another good one from [The Player’s Tribune]. This one is written by Ryan Whitney about his time in the KHL.
- The Canadian dollar and tanking and do you know who is happy about that? NHL’ers living in Canada being paid in Greenbacks. [The Globe and Mail]
- Scotiabank will be hosting the 8th Annual Girl’s Hockeyfest in Calgary, Brandon, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Ottawa. Cassie Campbell-Pascall and some of the University of Calgary Dinos will take part in the Calgary festivities. [Calgary Sun]
- After getting knocked out COLD in a fight on Tuesday night, Brian McGratten seems A-OK with the risks of being an enforcer [Puck Daddy]. McGratten’s feelings are in stark opposition to former Pittsburgh Steeler, Antwaan Randel El who just stated that his current post-concussion issues make him wish that he never played football. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette]
- The Greater Toronto Hockey League wants to keep things “Canadian” by preventing foreign-born players into the system. [Buzzing the Net] [TSN]
- Ever wonder where the term “hat trick” comes from? [Last Word on Sports] has a little sports history for you.
- Red Bull is trying to make a name for itself in the world of hockey. They have created an academy “that is basically…Notre Dame on steroids.” [Last Word on Sports]
- John Scott has been in the news more this week than his entire career. Here are Ron MacLean’s thoughts on the “Scott Debacle”. [Hometown Hockey]
- [The Victory Press] provides an in depth look at what it really means to “grow” the women’s game.
- The state of Massachusetts is trying to pass two bills to protect transgender rights in public spaces and the Bruins, along with the Patriots and Celtics, are supporting this legislation. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
- Yesterday a new sexual assault allegation came out on Imgur against Patrick Kane. It does not seem that charges come with the accusation; however, it is included here as a development in the hockey world left for your interpretations (not unlike all the pieces above). *Trigger Warning: Graphic Details* [Imgur]