Weekly Links: US Women’s National Team on strike; Maple Leafs fighting toxic masculinity; NHL going to China, Sweden; and more

  • The labour dispute between the US Women’s National Team and USA Hockey continues, with the athletes planning to sit out the upcoming World Championships. These two pieces highlight some of the unequal treatment afforded USA Hockey’s women athletes vs. their male counterparts. [CNN; The Ice Garden]
  • In the latest twist, USA Hockey is trying to recruit other players, including high school athletes, to fill out its roster – which is not sitting well with the national team athletes, and is not achieving much success among recruits. [VICE Sports; USA Today]
  • Christine Brennan writes that the athletes are already the winners of this standoff. [USA Today]
  • Finally, Rick Zamperin compares the treatment and funding of Canada’s and the US’ national women’s teams, suggesting that US women have a right to feel slighted in comparison to their Northern rivals. [Global News]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have partnered with White Ribbon, an organization focused on changing the culture of toxic masculinity many men participate in and preventing gender-based violence. The campaign is called Men of Quality. [The Melissaverse; Pension Plan Puppets]

  • The NHL is renewing its globalization efforts on a number of fronts. Firstly, it will host two 2017 preseason games in China, one in Beijing and one likely in Shanghai. The game will be between the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings. Relatedly, the NHL may become a target for Chinese investment in pro sports team ownership. [Globe and Mail; Puck Daddy]
  • Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche will play two regular season games in Stockholm, Sweden. [Puck Daddy; Silver Seven]
  • Despite these global growth efforts, it looks increasingly unlilely that NHL players will be permitted to play in the 2018 Pyeonchang Olympics – upsetting many current NHL stars. [Canucks Army; SB Nation]
  • “Meet the Canadian Legend Leading India’s Ball Hockey Team” – a Daily VICE video on ball hockey in a non-traditional hockey country. [VICE]
  • Rick Westhead reports that a move is afoot by the NHLPA to prevent young hockey players from being the targets of recruitment by aggressive agents, looking to secure exclusive deals with potential future stars. [TSN]
  • Bell and Rogers, who collectively own the Canadian rights to all NHL and international hockey broadcasts, are forcing bars and restaurants to purchase their channels at significantly increased rates, which could have an impact on the ability of some establishments to screen hockey games. [National Post]
  • Rookie Josh Ho-Sang has been no stranger to controversy in his career, drawing criticism for different behaviours and aspects his persona, while calling out his critics for targeting because of his racial background. The Islanders player is finally settling in as an NHL regular this season. [New York Times]
  • A new book by Iri Cermak, The Cinema of Hockey: Four Decades of the Game on Screen, looks at representations of hockey in film. Nick Sacco offers a review of this book. [Sport in American History]
  • Gare Joyce has a good article on the challenges of life as a pro hockey scout. [New York Times]
  • Will the NHL enter the lucrative e-Sports market? Gary Bettman sees it happening. [Sport Techie]

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