Weekly Links: Chinese KHL team to launch new CWHL franchise; Addressing the dearth of female referees; Marc Savard on concussion struggles; and more

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

  • The CWHL is adding a new franchise, which will be operated by the KHL’s Chinese club, Kunlun Red Star. The team is intended to help develop China’s women’s hockey program. [The Ice Garden]
  • Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders and Team Germany goaltender, has drawn sharp criticism for sharing a meme on Instagram that compares Hillary Clinton to Adolf Hitler. One German sports official has called for Griess to be banned from the national team. [Puck Daddy]
  • An interesting look from Melissa Burgess at the dearth of female referees and lineswomen in North American pro hockey, and how the CWHL and NWHL are helping to address this issue. [The Victory Press]
  • The KHL, which has been experiencing financial difficulties, may contract five franchises. However, it remains committed to expanding into Japan, South Korea, and Western Europe. [Sportsnet]
  • A profile of Kristen Lipscombe, who was the Hockey Canada’s first full-time female employee in communications, and who has been deeply involved in the organization’s media coverage of women’s hockey for over a decade. [Hockey Canada]
  • Marc Savard, who was forced to quit playing in the NHL in 2011 due to concussions, opened up about the struggles caused by these devastating injuries. [Player’s Tribune]
  • Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning recently drew upon cliches about “European skill” and “North American heart” when describing prospects. Daniel Wagner took Benning to task for these problematic, and well-worn, stereotypes. [Pass it to Bulis]
  • An interesting piece on the difficult choice male teenagers, as young as 15, must make between pursuing a junior or NCAA hockey career. [Canucks Army]
  • The playoff success of some Canadian NHL teams has inspired a wave of rap and hip-hop tributes. [Hip-Hop Canada]
  • France may not be know as an ice hockey superpower, but the co-host of the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championships not only won four games, it bid adieu to two of its legendary players, Christobal Huet and Laurent Meunier, both of whom are retiring. [IIHF]
  • William Douglass profiles the hockey journey of Jaden Lindo, from the OHL to the NHL Draft to playing for Team Jamaica and committing to Queen’s University of U Sports. Lindo was also featured in Soul On Ice, a documentary about the Black experience in hockey (Brett Pardy and Courtney Szto have previously reviewed Soul on Ice on this blog). [Color of Hockey]
  • Speaking of Team Jamaica, a look at the fledgling hockey program. [CTV News]
  • The Los Angeles Kings purchased German team Eisbären Berlin, and are looking at ways to maximize that partnership. [Puck Daddy]
  • Finally, here is a visual representation of the NHL’s expansion, contraction, and relocation from 1917 to the present:

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