Weekly Links: Inaugural African Ice Hockey Cup underway; Evander Kane arrested in Buffalo; Lake Erie Warriors unveil offensive logo; and more


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

  • The first edition of the African Ice Hockey Cup is being played in Rabat, Morocco. The tournament features six teams representing four countries: the Rabat Capitals, Casablanca Bears and Morocco Mallers (Morocco); the Algiers Corsaires (Algeria); the Carthage Eagles (Tunisia); and the Anubis Ice Hockey Team (Egypt). [IIHF]
  • The Tunisian team features a number of Tunisian-Canadians from Montreal, including Achraf Znaki, who is featured in this article. [CBC News]
  • Meanwhile, in the Phillipines, hockey participation is slowly growing. [IIHF]
  • Evander Kane turned himself in and was arrested by police following charges of violent harassment towards women at a Buffalo nightclub. [Die By the Blade]
  • Robin Bawa, a Sikh and former NHLer, received the Okanagan Hockey Group Pioneer Award. You can view his story here. [YouTube]
  • The Lake Erie Warriors, a new team in the National College Prospects Hockey League, has chosen an extremely offensive logo: a racist caricature of a red skinned Native American holding a tomahawk. [VICE Sports]
  • Gary Bettman was pressed by a U.S. Senator about the impact of concussions on the long-term health of NHL players, and responded by continuing to deny any links between C.T.E. and concussions in athletes. [New York Times]
  • Gare Joyce has an in-depth look at the controversial and impactful career and legacy of Eric Lindros. [Sportsnet]
  • An argument for the NHL to mimic the NBA, and launch a summer league for young players and prospects. [Puck Drunk Love]
  • Joel Ward, of the San Jose Sharks, pens a piece about his career journey, particularly the impact of his parents on his personal and athletic development. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • The IIHF is investigating whether any Russian hockey players were part of the country’s doping scandal the 2014 Sochi Games. [The Hockey News]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury spent part of his off-season trying to inspire young hockey players in Saint John, NB. [Global News]
  • Ron Maclean, and his controversial Coach’s Corner colleague Don Cherry, have been given a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. [680 News]
  • The NHL has signed a deal with Twitter to provide live-streaming of games. [Puck Daddy]
  • The New York Islanders’ threatened move out of Brooklyn may be a ploy to get a better deal from the owners of the Barclays Center. [VICE Sports]

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