Weekly Links: Breastfeeding hockey player goes viral; Hockey Night in Canada makes changes; CIS/NCAA players brawl; and more

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Image from Huffington Post

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

  • A Facebook post of a mother breastfeeding her baby before stepping on the ice in full gear has gone viral, and is being lauded for showing how nursing mothers can remain active athletes. [Huffington Post]
  • The NWHL is working with New York University’s Langone Medical Center to “develop research projects to inform medical guidance for all women and girls hockey players of all ages and levels of competition.” [Today’s Slapshot]
  • A scantily-clad Amanda Kessel, star of the New York Riveters, was recently featured in the New York Post. It was not exactly how one would hope to see an incredible elite athlete represented by the mainstream media…

  • Hockey Night in Canada is going back to the future in 2016-17. In addition to returning Ron Maclean to his host role, replacing the recently fired George Stroumboulopoulos, Rogers is trying to bulk up the significance of the Saturday night broadcasts and resurrect some traditional aspects of the broadcast. [Eh Game]
  • Meanwhile, Rogers is bringing Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi back to the airwaves for the 2016-17 NHL season, with the crew calling 48 games in Punjabi. [Rogers Media]
  • The CWHL Twitter account is tweeting historic women’s hockey photos for Women’s History Month. Very cool!

  • With the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in the books, what are some takeaways from the tournament? [Canucks Army]
  • An interview with Don Fehr, the NHLPA’s Executive Director, about the view of the players’ union on future participation in and organization of World Cups. [ESPN]
  • Kunlun Red Star of the KHL is the first pro hockey team to be based in China, so it’s understandable that they may not be familiar with some of the sport’s traditions. The ceremonial puck drop before the first home match, for example, did not go as planned. [The Score]
  • A Montreal youth coach has been suspended after forcing his players to do hundreds of pushups as punishment for a blowout loss. [The Hockey News]
  • Recent exhibition matches between NCAA and CIS hockey games have produced a number of violent incidents. A brawl between Bowling Green University and the University of Windsor resulted in 168 minutes in penalties and two players from each team receiving suspensions. [The CIS Blog; BGSU Hockey]

  • Jim Rutherford, GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, with some interesting insight into the challenges of the job. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • The Arizona Coyotes have had a tumultuous 20 year history in Phoenix and its suburbs, and some embarrassing marketing slogans to match. But is the team’s latest efforts to disavow those efforts and promote “Coyotes 2.0” simply exposing insecurity about the franchise’s identity? [Puck Daddy]
  • A review of For One Night Only, a book by Ken Reid about NHL players who earned just a one game shot in the league. [Puck Junk]
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