Weekly Links: Cultural aspects of the “concussion crisis”; Women’s hockey in Mexico, South Korea, India; and more

  • Matt Ventresca, Hockey in Society contributor and postdoc researcher at Georgia Tech, has a great piece on how addressing sociocultural factors, in addition to employing technological advances, is needed to reduce concussions in hockey and other contact sports. [Engaging Sports]
  • Ken Campbell on how hockey agents are recruiting clients at younger and younger ages, and what can be done to prevent this situation. [The Hockey News]
  • The second ever Global Girls’ Game took place over 45 hours in 38 countries around the globe. In each location, two teams would play for an hour, before their “teammates” in another location began play immediately afterward. Over 1,000 girls took part in the game, which finished 135-128. [IIHF]
  • Harnaryan Singh, of HNIC Punjabi fame, penned a piece on the history of the show, and his family’s experiences integrating into Canadian culture, facing racism for their Sikh heritage, and growing a passion for hockey. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • This week, Singh co-hosted an event, put on by the Calgary Flames, that brought new Canadians together to learn about the sport of hockey. [Calgary Flames]
  • David Shoalts explores the life of “rent-a-goalies,” who participate in beer league hockey leagues throughout the country. [Globe and Mail]
  • An interesting report on the growth of hockey in Mexico. The country is hoping that its women’s team can qualify for the 2022 Olympics. [ESPN]
  • An in-depth look at how the South Korean national program has recruited North Americans – some with Korean heritage, and some without – to fill out its men’s and women’s rosters ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. [New York Times]
  • Meanwhile, the India women’s national team raised $50,000 to fund its program costs. [Ketto]
  • A Swedish news report suggests that cocaine usage is significant among NHL players. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • Tommy Wingels of the Ottawa Senators was friends with Brendan Burke. Since Burke’s death, he has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality in hockey. [TSN]
  • A look at how Ashley Johnston, of the New York Riveters, juggles her NWHL career with her full-time job in robotics. Johnston commutes from Albany to New York City to participate on the team. [New York Post]
  • Hilary Knight, star of the Boston Pride, discusses the development and future growth of the NWHL. [The Hockey News]
  • Jared Book looks back at the 2014 Sochi Olympics women’s final between Canada and the US, “one of the best games in history.” [Eyes on the Prize]
  • James Wisniewski moved to the KHL in the hopes of getting noticed by and securing a contract with the NHL. Neither happened, and in meantime he faced major organizational challenges while playing in Russia. [National Post]
  • The state of Alaska will no longer have a pro hockey team, as the ECHL’s Alaska Aces will be folding after the 2016-17 season. [Canucks Army; Puck Daddy]
  • Video replay for offside calls has not had a smooth introduction to the NHL, but Dave Lozo offers a defense of the system. [VICE Sports]
  • The NHL has gone “all-in” on outdoor games, but has it diluted the uniqueness of these games? [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
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