Weekly Links: HHOF 2017 class; Exciting developments for NWHL and CWHL in 2017-18; NCAA expansion?; and more

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

  • The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its 2017 class this week: Danielle Goyette, Teemu Selanne, Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi, Paul Kariya will enter as players; Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins owner) and Clare Drake (University of Alberta coach in the CIS/U Sports) will enter in the builder category. [CBC Sports]

  • The induction of Goyette brings the number of female players to four. Hannah Bevis presents her ideas for increasing the numbers of deserving women players in the Hall of Fame. [The Ice Garden]
  • Melissa Burgess on the NWHL’s new broadcast deal with Twitter, which will enhance the viewership opportunities for the league. [Victory Press]
  • The CWHLers who join Kunlun Red Star, the new Chinese expansion team, are going to get well paid:

  • Jennifer Botterill reflects on the state of women’s hockey today. [The Hockey Writers]
  • A look at mental health issues among NHL players. [Shut the Puck Up]
  • Eric Lindros continues to try to prevent concussions in hockey, a decade after his own concussion-shortened career ended. [SI.com]
  • Stephen Brunt reflects on hockey’s enduring popularity in Canada, drawing on some data from a survey of Canadians’ sports interests. Some hyperbole mixed with some interesting data. [Sportsnet]
  • Daniel Wagner takes Don Cherry to task for his misinformed comments about European players following the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. [Pass it to Bulis]
  • NCAA hockey may be expanding to some major universities, which could significantly grow the sport at a collegiate level in the US. [The Hockey News]
  • A profile of Parker and Spencer Foo, two prospects of Asian heritage who are lookin to crack the NHL soon (Spencer recently signed with the Calgary Flames out of the NCAA). [Color of Hockey]
  • Players from the US Women’s National Team will be included in ESPN’s Body Issue. [Excelle Sports]
  • Finally, CWHL Brenda Andress lays out the league’s ambitions for the 2017-18 season:

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