Weekly Links: Dawn Braid becomes first full-time NHL coach; Thorold Blackhawks forced to change name; and more

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

  • Dawn Braid has become the first full-time female NHL coach, after being hired as the skating coach for the Arizona Coyotes. Braid has previously worked part-time for a number of NHL teams. [Puck Daddy]
  • A reflection on why we see so few women in the coaching ranks of pro sports, including hockey. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • “A professional hockey player in Sweden was charged with having put his arms around two women in a nightclub and groping their breasts, but police dropped sexual assault charges after the investigator in the case said the women’s breasts were so “gigantic” that it would be impossible to prove the hockey player didn’t touch them accidentally.” [Women in the World]
  • The Thorold (ON) Blackhawks minor and junior clubs are being forced to change their name and logo following complaints by a local First Nations man. [CBC Hamilton]
  • Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers offers his thoughts on racism in hockey. [The Score]
  • A look at the trailer for the upcoming documentary Ice Guardians, about hockey enforcers. The film will feature commentary from Hockey in Society contributor Victoria Silverwood. [Indie Wire]
  • On the note of fighting: the Ontario Hockey League is increasing its sanctions for fighting, in an increasing effort to reduce the instances of fisticuffs in its league. [London Free Press]
  • Steve Dangle takes a look at the state of competitive hockey in Scotland. [Sportsnet]
  • With the NHL expanding to Las Vegas, the league has contracted a private company to monitor gambling in the sport. [Bloomberg]
  • Finally, the Hartford Whalers – who left the city in 1997 – are still fondly remembered in Hartford, with many fans maintaining their pride in the defunct team. [ESPN]
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