Weekly Links: 2016 Blind Hockey Tournament; Kane & Kane updates; the Isobel Cup; and more

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

  • The 2016 Canadian Blind Hockey Tournament took place in Toronto this past weekend.  Read the tournament recaps here [Blind Ice Hockey][Toronto Sun]
  • The Calgary Hitmen of the WHL recently held their first ever multicultural night. [Global News Calgary]
  • Scott Wheeler, who writes for Pension Plan Puppets, claims that Sports Illustrated refused to publish a piece of his once he made critical comments about SI’s most recent feature about Patrick Kane. [Awful Announcing]
  • Juliet Spies-Gans wrote that the NHL should not have made such a definitive statement regarding Patrick Kane’s innocence in the, now closed, sexual assault case. [Huffington Post]
  • In other “Kane” news, Evander Kane has been “cleared of any wrongdoing” in his sexual assault case. [Puck Daddy]
  • The NWHL awarded the first ever Isobel Cup to the Boston Pride [The Hockey News] in a best-of-three game series against the Buffalo Beauts at the Prudential Centre [Today’s Slap Shot]. And if you’re wondering why it’s called the Isobel Cup…[NWHL] [The New York Times]
  • Hilary Knight chatted about playoff prospects and the state of women’s hockey with [The Hockey Writers].
  • Check out this interview with Susan McLaughlin, mother of NWHL player Brianne McLaughlin, about the possibilities that the NWHL has opened up for women in hockey. [The Hockey Writers]
  • The Calgary Inferno of the CWHL won their first ever league championship defeating the Montreal Les Canadiennes 8-3. [CBC]
  • Our very own Mark Norman discusses the complicated scenario of NHL expansion. [The Allrounder]
  • This one is a few weeks old but talks about the increasing tension between amateurism and the call to pay junior players. [Vice Sports]
  • The CWHL is rolling out an interesting/questionable new fundraising campaign called Pave the Way. [Along the Boards]
  • [Victory Press] takes another look at the problem with having two competing women’s professional hockey leagues. In a similar vein, Erin Morris challenges the idea of NWHL expansion. [Grow the Games]
  • When asked a press conference about the NFL’s “revelation” that CTE and concussions are related, Commissioner Bettman quickly avoided the discussion altogether. [Puck Daddy] and another [Puck Daddy]
  • A thorough piece on why the NHL outdoor games often feature the same teams. [Raw Charge]
  • Important read about Brandon Saad’s close relationship to the Syrian refugee crisis. [The Guardian]
  • Former enforcer Kevin Wesgarth will be joining the NHL suits as the Vice President of Business Development and International Affairs. His role will be to expand the game in Europe and China. [The Hockey News]
  • More lamenting on the lack of Canadian teams in playoff positions. [CBC]
  • There is an interesting sub-culture of ice hockey in England. [Vice Sports] highlights hockey in Nottingham.
  • Is there really a relationship between a hockey fight and team momentum? [Vice Sports]
  • Lastly, it’s hard to go a week without a piece from [The Player’s Tribune]. This time Brendan Morrow reflects on lessons learned from his 15 years in the NHL.
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