Weekly Links: NWHL’s transgender policy; Hockey culture’s “inferiority complex”; Steve Downie critiques Don Cherry; and more


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

  • The NWHL has released a comprehensive policy on transgender athletes competing in its league. Jen Neale breaks down the policy, which was crafted in consultation with You Can Play and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. [Puck Daddy]
  • Molly Engstrom is leaving the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale to play in Sweden, becoming the latest NWHLer to leave the league since it slashed salaries. [Excelle Sports]
  • Sparked by some outrage from hockey media at Penny Oleksiak being named Canada’s athlete of the year, ahead of Sidney Crosby, Paul Wheeler has a great piece looking at how “hockey’s inferiority complex” manifests in problematic ways. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • NHLer Steve Downie went on a Twitter tirade against Don Cherry and the culture of violence and masculinity in the NHL; and the Arizona Coyotes’ handling of John Scott. It is worth your time to read his criticisms. [Silver Seven; Puck Daddy]

  • The University of New Brunswick will reinstate its women’s hockey team for competition in Atlantic University Sport/U Sport in 2018-19. The decision follows a human rights tribunal case that ruled against the university, which cut the women’s program in 2008. [CBC News]
  • The Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand took a stand by calling out a homophobic troll on Twitter. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • The rates of fighting continue to decline in the NHL. [Vice Sports]
  • Cheryl MacDonald wrote a great piece on this blog about the show Letterkenny in August. Sean Fitz-Gerald has written another hockey article about the show, this one focused on its representation of hockey linguistics and the unique phrases of the sport. [The Athletic]
  • Rick Westhead reports that the NHL, along with other organizations such as the NBA and MLB, have won a court victory that will close websites selling counterfeited merchandise. [TSN]
  • The story of Ruby, the lone girl on her kid’s team in Coral Harbour, Nunavut. [CBC News]
  • The Swedish mask designer, who makes custom art for NHL goalies’ helmets. [Globe and Mail]
  • Finally, Fatima Al Ali, the stick handling wizard from the United Arab Emirates, will be flown to attend a Washington Capitals game in February. Fatima became a viral star when Peter Bondra posted a video of her stickhandling skills to Twitter. [Washington Post]

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