Weekly Links: NWHL cutting players’ salaries; Vegas Golden Knights unveiled; Remembering Manon Rheaume; and more

  • In case you missed it, Courtney Szto and I reflected on the strange intersection of hockey and politics during our visit to a Tampa Bay Lightning game a week before the US election. [Hockey in Society]
  • Shocking news from the NWHL, which announced that it is cutting player salaries in order to stay financially viable. Surprisingly, the player’s association was not consulted before this decision was made. [Victory Press; The Ice Garden; Deadspin]
  • Lindsay Gibbs wonders whether this move will doom the nascent women’s league, which started with much promise in 2015-16. [Think Progress]
  • A junior team in Saskatchewan has removed a billet family because a player was uncomfortable that the family’s granddaughter is transgendered. [National Post]
  • Remembering Manon Rheaume and her impact of women in hockey. It has been 25 years since Rheaume suited up for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game. [Globe and Mail]
  • The Ontario Hockey League is partnering with sexual assault and rape crisis centres to train its athletes about violence against women. [City News]
  • The Las Vegas NHL expansion franchise unveiled its name and logo. The team will be known as the Vegas Golden Knights. [Puck Daddy]

  • Not everyone is thrilled about the NHL’s new market. Scott Stinson critiques the league’s ongoing efforts to penetrate non-traditional Southern US markets. [National Post]
  • HBO’s Real Sports program will profile the HNIC Punjabi broadcast crew. [NHL.com]
  • More love for the Punjbai broadcast, this time from Jim Caple. [ESPN]
  • The World Cup of Hockey was supposed to deliver massive windfalls of $100 million to be split between NHL owners and players. Ken Campbell reports that, in reality, the event generated less than $40 million – meaning that players will not be making as much as expected for participating in the tournament. [The Hockey News]

  • Dave Lozo critiques the way in which the NHL markets its product, and particularly the ways in which it ignores the superstars that set the standard across the league. [VICE Sports]
  • Dan Hamhuis (Dallas Stars) and Willie Mitchell (Florida Panthers) have invested in an environmental marina in Tofino, BC. [Green Sports Alliance]
  • Doug Gilmour, GM of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, is helping to raise money for cancer research in honour of Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie. [The Whig]
  • Finally,the hockey world is wishing the best for Craig Cunningham, who plays for the Arizona Coyotes minor league affiliate. Cunningham collapsed on the ice and is currently in critical condition. [The Hockey News]

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