The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy!
- The USWNT scored a huge victory over USA Hockey this week by withholding their labour. A deal has been reached with some considerable financial gains and everyone gets to play! [ESPN]. Dave Zirin also provided some commentary at [The Nation]. And, Cammi Granato also wrote a piece for [ESPN].
- The University of North Dakota announced that it would be cancelling the women’s hockey program. They made the announcement while the women were practicing. [Puck Daddy] [Washington Post]
- The Canucks and Kings will play two pre-season games in China this September [NHL]. Learn more about the man trying to bring hockey to China. [The Globe and Mail]
- A gay couple held a hockey-themed wedding at the Amway Centre in Orlando, Florida, home of the ECHL’s Orland Solar Bears. [OutSports]
- In the Ukraine, female sports participation is far from the norm, which is why the growth of the women’s hockey league is an important development. [Beyond Sport]
- Curtis McKenzie, Scott Hartnell, and James van Riemsdyk penned in a piece in memory of Brendan Burke and as a reflection on February’s Hockey is for Everyone month. [The Player’s Tribune]
- We have highlighted the growth of hockey in South Korea a fews times here before but now we’ve got Canadians coaching and playing in North Korea as well! [CBC]
- The NHL has been pretty vocal about not sending players for the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea but they seem to be excited about playing in 2022 in China, so are these decisions really only based on potential injuries and time? [TSN]
- Cool history piece for the trivia buffs about the year the Seattle Metropolitans defeated the Montreal Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup! [Seattle Times]
- Just when you thought you had seen every “unique” jersey design out there the Bakersfield Condors came out with law enforcement themed jerseys…[Puck Daddy]