Weekly Links: Ending fighting in junior hockey?; Gender disparity in hockey media; NHL ratings down in Canada; and more

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

  • James Mirtle with a must-read about fighting in junior hockey in the CHL, which features much higher rates of fighting than the NHL. [Globe and Mail]
  • On the heels of Mirtle’s article, the CHL is discussing the role of fighting in the sport at its executive meeting. [TSN]
  • Speaking of junior hockey, the NHL is exploring whether it might raise its draft age from 18 to 19 years old. [ESPN]
  • A really great article by Joe Kozlowski about the lack of gender diversity in hockey media, and some of the women who are challenging that state of affairs. [VICE Sports]
  • An interview with superstar Hilary Knight, about her first season in the NWHL and the growth of women’s hockey. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • A profile of unconventional university athlete Danielle Dube, a 39 year-old mother and former Team Canada star, who currently suits up for the UBC Thunderbirds of the CIS. [CBC News]
  • Kami Marie Funk on how the NHL’s actions and culture affect its women fans, in angering and frustrating ways. [Rosa Roots Magazine]
  • With NHL ratings down on Canadian television, and no Canadian teams likely to make the playoffs, Sportsnet has laid off some of its broadcasting staff. [Toronto Sports Media Blog]
  • Canadian teams are tanking in the standings, and the Canadian dollar is tanking in the financial world. The latter may be holding back a potential Quebec City expansion bid. [Puck Daddy]
  • The NHL announced its slate of outdoor games for next season, including a new Centennial Classic in Toronto on New Year’s Day between the Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. [NHL]
  • After conducting its own internal investigation about sexual assault accusations against Patrick Kane (which a pro sports league seems eminently unqualified to do, but I digress), the NHL has cleared him of any wrongdoing. The Erie County District Attorney had previously declined to press charges against Kane. [The Hockey News]
  • S.L. Price has a lengthy piece about Kane and his controversial off-ice actions during his career. [SI.com]
  • The Boston Bruins are trying to fight scalpers by removing numerous season ticket holders who sell their tickets on the secondary market. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jimmy Vasey reflects on his career path, which will soon lead to the NHL, and choice to go to Harvard and play NCAA hockey. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • More Player’s Tribune, this time Doug Gilmour with a letter to his (much) younger self. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • While the NHLPA and its members will split revenue from the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with the NHL, it is unclear how much money this will be and how it will be distributed to players. [TSN]

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