Weekly Links: KHLer may face criminal charges for on-ice violence; Oilers ditch cheerleaders; The Tragically Hip’s hockey connections; and more

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

  • Damir Ryspayev, a KHL player for Barys Astana, went on a violent spree in an exhibition game against Kunlun Red Star. Red Star is attempting to have criminal charges brought against Ryspayev for his actions. [The Hockey News]
  • As they prepare to move to the new Rogers Place arena, the Edmonton Oilers have abandoned Octane, their cheerleading team. The group proved controversial in the past, with an unsuccessful petition attempting to have the Oilers abstain from creating the cheer team. [Global News]
  • Canadian band the Tragically Hip is on a farewell tour, as lead singer Gord Downie is fighting brain cancer. The Hip, whose music often touches on hockey, have had a large impact on hockey culture and various individuals within it, such as journalist Bob McKenzie and NHL players like Travis Hamonic and Logan Couture. [TSN; Sportsnet]
  • R.I.P. John Saunders. The former ESPN hockey announcer passed away at age 61. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • China is sending young players to train in Canada, as it prepares to host the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. [CBC News]
  • Mired in controversy around a lawsuit by ex-players against the NHL, Mark Napier has resigned as head of the NHL Alumni Association. [TSN]
  • The San Jose Sharks have released a Spanish language jersey for this season, featuring the “Los Tiburones” nickname used by Hispanic fans in the Bay Area. [The Hockey News]
  • Want to know how the hockey stick developed over time? Dave Feschuk has a detailed look at major milestones in its development. [Toronto Star]
  • Retired NHLer Ray Whitney is taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympics, in an unusual fashion: Whitney is caddying for golfer Graham DeLaet. [The Score]
  • P.K.Subban took part in a charity basketball game, where he showed off some strong basketball skills. [BarDown]
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