The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy!
- In case you missed it: check out great pieces on this blog from Alvin Ma on the Clarkson Cup championship in Ottawa and Courtney Szto on the NHL’s Green Week and environmental efforts.
- After capturing the NCAA championships, the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team received the traditional champions’ baseball cap. But there was one problem: the hats featured the men’s tournament logo, meaning either a) the NCAA messed up; or b) the NCAA didn’t think it was worth printing separate hats for the women’s competition. Yikes. [ESPN W]
- Meanwhile, some are wondering why the game did not merit TV coverage in the United States (the game was only available via online stream from the NCAA). [KARE 11]
- Scott Wheeler on how the NHL and its culture still do not respect women fans or take their needs seriously. [Pension Plan Puppets]
- A really interesting piece by Tal Pinchevsky on Vaclav Nedomansky, a Czechoslovakian hockey star who defected to North America in 1974 and starred for the Toronto Toros (WHA) and Detroit Red Wings. [ESPN]
- Two other interesting pieces reflected on the wide-ranging impact of the World Hockey Association on pro hockey in North America. [VICE Sports; Vancouver Sun]
- As cord-cutting and pirated streams impact the bottom line for sports broadcasters, media companies are adapting to these new realities. [Globe and Mail]
- As Twitter marks its 10 year anniversary, Greg Wyshynski reflects on the memorable ways it has impacted the sport of hockey. [Puck Daddy]
- 80 Syrian refugees who recently settled in Nova Scotia took in a CIS game between the St. Mary’s Huskies and the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières. [CBC]
- Matt Larkin has a good bio on Liz Pead, a Canadian artist who incorporates old hockey equipment into her artwork. [The Hockey News]
- Finland requires mandatory military service, creating a conundrum for young Finnish men who are pursuing a pro career in North America. [Sportsnet]
- After attempting to establish an entry draft system, similar to that of the NHL, the KHL has discontinued this event and will implement a new system in 2017. [Sportsnet]