Weekly Links: NHL’s partnership with You Can Play; CWHLers juggle work and hockey; Will CHL players get paid?

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

  • With a potentially momentous lawsuit working its way through the courts, Gare Joyce gets you up to speed on the latest in the legal quest for CHL players to be paid for their labour. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL recently appointed You Can Play ambassadors for each NHL team, who are responsible for promoting LGBTQ equality for their club. The appointment of Andrew Shaw to represent the Montreal Canadiens has drawn some criticism, as Shaw was fined for using a homophobic slur during a game last season. [Out Sports]
  • Anders Nilsson of the Buffalo Sabres has been outspoken about supporting LGBTQ rights all season, wearing a mask featuring a rainbow flag. [Buffalo Sabres]
  • John Broadbent writes a personal account of life as a gay man playing and following hockey, and the importance that symbolic gestures can have for sexual minorities in hockey. [Anaheim Calling]
  •  Kaitlyn McGrath examines the day-to-day life of three members of the CWHL’s Toronto Furies, all of whom juggle full-time jobs with a near full-time commitment to hockey. [The Athletic]
  • A look at Brittany Miller (Boston University) and Theresa Feaster (Providence College), who are making history as the first female full-time coaches in NCAA men’s hockey. [New York Times]
  • With the help of former NHLer Jim Paek, the South Korean men’s national team is preparing for the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. [CBC Sports]
  • Lyle Richardson looks at the “brinkmanship” that the NHL is employing with the IOC and IIHF regarding its potential involvement in the 2018 Olympics. [Spector’s Hockey]
  • An overview of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, a massive outdoor tournament held in Minnesota each year, that attracts players of various ages and skill levels. [Rolling Stone]
  • Could Hartford, recently rumoured to be a potential relocation spot for the New York Islanders, really support bringing back the Whalers? Nate Silver takes a look at the numbers. [Five Thirty Eight]
  • Speaking of franchise relocation: A report has said that the Arizona Coyotes may be eyeing a move to Portland or Seattle (the team has since denied the report). [Deadspin]
  • Fatima Al Ali, the UAE resident whose hockey skills went viral a few months ago, was recently flown to Washington to watch and meet the Capitals. [CSN Mid-Atlantic; Sportsnet]
  • The NHL is not the only league dealing with a rash of headshots. As Neate Sager reports, the CHL has also had some concerning incidents of late. [Sportsnet]
  • Finally, former NHLers such as Ray Ferraro, Doug Wilson, and Scott Mellanby reflect on what it was like to play for a Sunbelt NHL expansion team in the 1990s. An interesting read. [The Hockey News]

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