Weekly Links: US Women pressure USA Hockey; NHL Green week; Crosby’s good deed; and more

2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship

US Women’s National team. Photo from USA Hockey.

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

  • Former Oiler, Ryan Smyth was the victim of a dirty hit during a senior playoff game. [Edmonton Sun]
  • Researchers at the University of Calgary have observed a significant decrease in concussions after a body checking ban was instituted in Pee Wee hockey. [CTV Calgary]
  • It is the second annual NHL Green Week. Check out some of the league initiatives that were instituted in the name of environmental sustainability. [NHL]
  • Hello Destroyer, a Canadian film about national identity and systemic violence, is making the festival rounds right now. Our own Brett Pardy wrote a review for [Seventh Row] and the film’s director, Kevan Funk, talked to the [Globe and Mail] about the use of film as a tool to challenge Canadian identity.
  • Following Corey Hirsch’s disclosure about his battle with OCD and mental health, Brent Sopel also turned to the [Player’s Tribune] to talk about his struggles with loneliness and alcoholism.
  • The US Women’s National team has announced that it will not be participating in the upcoming World Championships until their receive equitable funding from USA Hockey [ESPN]. [The Nation]

  • If you have been following the development of ice hockey in India you will be pleased to know that the women’s national team secured their first win in International competition. [The News Minute]
  • While the Penguins were in Vancouver, Sidney Crosby made an effort to meet a young fan who is suffering from brain tumours. [The Province]
  • The Boston Bruins held their inaugural Girls Hockey Day in partnership with the Boston Pride (NWHL) and the Boston Blades (CWHL) where 400 girls participated in a public skate, skills drills and other clinics. [NHL]
  • Les Canadiennes of the CWHL picked up their fourth league title. [Sportsnet]
  • Harrison Browne has decided to hang up his skates at the end of his NWHL season. [NWHL]
  • It’s that time of year in Minnesota where hockey hair becomes almost more important than the hockey itself. [ESPN] made a pretty awesome 11 minute video about the phenomenon of #Minneflowta.
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