Weekly Links: Critiquing media coverage of Harrison Browne; Questioning violence in UK hockey; Marketing Auston Matthews; and more

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

  • A really insightful and thoughtful critique of masculinity in hockey and media coverage on the announcement by  Harrison Browne, of the NWHL Buffalo Beauts, that he is a transgendered man. A really important read that is definitely worth your time to check out. [Victory Press]
  • Hockey in Society contributor Victoria Silverwood is interviewed about violence in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League, and challenges the league to do a better job of protecting player safety and regulating violence. [British Ice Hockey]
  • Dave Lozo has an excoriating and fascinating look at the restrictions placed on young players by the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, which prevent young stars from having negotiating leverage. As the NHL has rapidly moved towards being a much younger league, greater numbers of young players are being affected by this issue. [The Comeback]
  • Auston Matthews, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ star rookie, sent shockwaves around the NHL with a four goal debut. Articles by Greg Wyshynski and Darren Dreger, respectively, examine Matthews’ significance in US hockey and marketing potential. [Puck Daddy; TSN]
  • An overview of a program giving boys and girls in Ladakh, India the opportunity to play hockey. [USA Hockey]
  • The NHLPA and NHL have launched a new program, called the Core Development Program, to help players prepare for life after hockey. [NHLPA]
  • Canadians have given plenty of grief to US teams who struggle at the box office. The tables have turned, however, in at least one Canadian city: the Ottawa Senators are struggling massively at the box office so far in the 2016-17 season. [Ottawa Sun]
  • The Edmonton Oilers raised controversy when, with captains’ ascent, coach Todd McLellan cancelled a CBA-mandated day off to hold a practice. While seemingly innocuous, this has big ramifications in terms of players’ rights. The NHLPA is likely to formally grieve this move. [Sportsnet; Puck Daddy]
  • A profile of David Amber, a veteran Canadian sports reporter who is now hosting Hockey Night in Canada alongside the legendary Ron Maclean. [The Walrus]
  • Someone has leaked the KHL top salaries, providing insight into the payment start players receive in the world’s second richest league. Ex-NHLers Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk top the list. [Puck Daddy]
  • A fascinating roundtable on hockey and media trends, featuring a number of prominent hockey writers. [SI.com]
  • Ever wonder what happens to the hats that fans throw on the ice following a hat trick in the NHL? Wonder no longer! [CBC News]
  • The always entertaining Down Goes Brown ranks all outdoor games in NHL history, from #21 to #1. The list features a few unusual games, such as a 1954 match between the Detroit Red Wings and a team of inmates at a Michigan prison and a 1956 game, played in miserable fog, between the Boston Bruins and amateur players in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. [Sportsnet]

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