Weekly Links: Shannon Miller speak about her firing; Rogers rues lack of Canadian teams in NHL playoffs; Unequal ice time for girls’ teams; and more

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

  • Shannon Miller, who is being fired under contentious circumstances as the head coach of University of Minnesota-Duluth, speaks about her situation. [Curve]
  • A good look at the NWHL and player salaries, and the conflicted feelings of athletes grateful for the opportunity to play in the league but knowing that they are underpaid. [Lenny]
  • Soul On Ice, a documentary about the Colored Hockey League that existed in Atlantic Canada from 1895-1925, aired on the NHL Network this week. Courtney Szto has previously written about the league here on Hockey in Society. [Color of Hockey]
  • Rogers, which shelled out billions of dollars for exclusive national broadcasting rights to the NHL, could be facing a large loss if no Canadian teams qualify for the playoffs. [The Star]
  • An attempt at social media engagement went badly awry for the Montreal Canadiens, as their promotion led to the team’s official account automatically retweeting racist Twitter handles. [Awful Announcing]
  • A hockey dad in Ottawa is fighting for greater access to ice time for girls’ teams, which he says receive short shrift from local leagues when it comes to booking practice time. The Ottawa Girls Hockey Association is now threatening  human rights complaint against the city. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • Former NHL goalie Corey Hirsch opens up about the experience of being traded as a pro hockey player, including the toll it takes on family life. [Sportsnet]
  • After less than one season in at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, could the New York Islanders already be looking to break their lease? The teams and its fans have faced a plethora of issues adapting to their new arena this season. [Puck Daddy]
  • A junior AA player in Quebec was arrested and handcuffed on the ice after spitting at a referee. [Puck Daddy]
  • The IIHF is urging the NHL to let its players attend the 2018 Pyeongchang and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, claiming that participation will boost the league’s profile in Asia. [Inside the Games]
  • Monday was the 36th anniversary of the famous Miracle on Ice game, when a team of US amateur players defeated the Soviet Union’s mighty Red Army team. [FTW!]
  • Two more people have been prosecuted for their role in the Vancouver riot following Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in 2011. [CBC]
  • Read up on the latest twist on the OHL’s Flint Firebirds’ season, as the owner has once again fired the coaching staff despite agreeing with the league not to do so. It has been a messy season for the team. [TSN; Buzzing the Net]

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