Weekly Links: Reaction to cutting of UND women’s program; Wideman sued by injured linesman; Psychiatric disorders among ex-NHLers?; and more

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

  • The University of North Dakota recently cut its women’s hockey team, under controversial circumstances. The university’s president enraged many by stating: “Women’s hockey is a boutique sport and never should have been at UND.” [Think Progress]
  • Amy Menke, a graduating UND player, penned a heartfelt piece about the devastation felt by players upon learning of the program being cut. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • A new research study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry suggests that ex-NHL players experience higher rates of psychiatric disorders than the general population. [Huffington Post]
  • NHL linesman Don Henderson, who was severely injured after being shoved by the Flames’ Dennis Wideman during a 2015-16 game, is suing Wideman for compensation

  • William Douglass profiles some of the men of colour currently starring in the 2017 NHL playoffs. [Color of Hockey]
  • A retiring player in the United Kingdom has some suggestions about how to grow British ice hockey. [Banners on the Wall]
  • The Canadian Museum of History is hosting an exhibition on the history of hockey until October. [Museum of History]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights will be broadcasting some games in Spanish, in an effort to attract Latino fans. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Dan Rooney, the owner of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, had a huge impact on the city if Pittsburgh, including on the Penguins. Rooney passed away at age 84. [Pensburgh]
  • The Montreal Canadiens are not only one of the most storied sports teams in the world, they also had a profound impact on the way hockey was played during their dynasty years in the 1970s. In particular, the team eschewed the violence of the Broad Street Bullies era, and instead adapted styles and techniques from the Soviet Red Army national team. [VICE Sports]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs occasionally give pause and raise the question, why “Leafs” and “Leaves”? The conventional wisdom is that the team is named after Conn Smythe’s WWI regiment. However, Jesse Dougherty goes deeper into the linguistic reasons for this nomenclature. [D.C. Sports Blog]
  • Yogi Berra, former baseball star, had many connections to hockey. [NHL.com]
  • SKA St. Petersburg, the big spenders of the KHL, have captured the 2017 Gagari  tn Cup. [KHL.ru]
  • Bob Cole, longtime NHL broadcaster, reflects on his career. [CBC Sports]

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