Weekly Links: Why gender, race, and sexuality matter in hockey; Lehner supports Donald Trump; the KHL in China; and more

After a one week hiatus, the Weekly Links are back! The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy!

  • Sarah Hall, a female hockey reporter, has a powerful piece on her experiences facing gender-based abuse and harassment. An important read. [Five for Howling]
  • David Singh has a good piece on Sudarshan Maharaj, a Trinidadian who faced violent racism during his playing career. Maharaj is now an NHL goalie coach with the Anaheim Ducks. [Sportsnet]
  • John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, labeled Ryan Reaves (who is black) of the St. Louis Blues “an animal.” William Douglas explain why this extremely problematic language to use. [Color of Hockey]
  • Brock McGillis, a former OHL, CIS, and semi-pro player talks about coming out as gay after years of staying closeted in the homophobic hockey cultures he was part of. [Out Sports; Yahoo! Sports]
  • Not surprisingly, Don Cherry has weighed in on the US election, warning “left wing kooks” that they will not be welcome to move to Canada should they be try to emigrate after Donald Trump’s victory. [CBC News]
  • And Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner, who is Swedish, used the Sabres’ Military Appreciation Night as an opportunity to show his support for Trump by adding a sticker to his helmet. [The Score]
  • A look at the decline of street hockey in Canada, and why this trend matters. [The Guardian]
  • A look at the KHL’s expansion into China, which began when Kunlun Red Star began playing this season. [New York Times]
  • Jaroslav Halak discusses how Team Europe meshed at the World Cup of Hockey despite consisting of athletes from eight different countries (also see Zuzana Botikova’s excellent piece on this blog). [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Four QMJHL captains (Lane Cormier of the Moncton Wildcats, Simon Bourque of the Rimouski Oceanic, Taylor Ford of the Halifax Mooseheads, and Jeremy Lauzon of the Rouyn Noranda Huskies) talk about leadership and career aspirations in this roundtable discussion. [QMJHL]
  • After much delay, the new Las Vegas NHL franchise will announce its name and logo on November 22. [The Hockey News]
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