August Links: Dallas Stars oppose Texas bathroom bill; Red Wings disavow logo link to White supremacists; Critiquing the CWHL’s Chinese expansion; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. For the summer months, we will be posting monthly instead of weekly.

  • Texas has proposed a problematic “bathroom bill” that will discriminate against transgendered people, causing some, including our own Cheryl Macdonald, to criticize the NHL for its silence and for refusing to withdraw the 2018 NHL Draft from Dallas. [Hockey in Society; Out Sports]
  • However, in recent weeks, the Dallas Stars have spoken out against the proposed legislation and the NHL has hinted at the possibility of moving the draft should the bill be passed into law. [The Hockey News; SB Nation; Puck Daddy]
  • In a bizarre twist to a chilling and disturbing incident, the Detroit Red Wings logo was prominently featured on shields brought to Charlotteville by White supremacists – apparently a Michigan-based group called the Detroit Right Wings. The team and the NHL were quick to condemn the incident. [@DetroitRedWings; For the Win; Puck Daddy;]
  • Meanwhile, in light of the Charlotteville events, the Tampa Bay Lightning have joined other Tampa pro sports teams in supporting the removal of Confederate Civil War monuments from the city’s downtown:

  • Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks captain, speaks about his use of social media to promote environmental awareness. [Sportsnet]
  • Angelica Rodriguez critiques the CWHL’s expansion to China, with the Kunlun Red Star franchise, and its handling of the PR surrounding the league’s big off-season change. [The Victory Press]
  • Concussions are a major issue at pro levels of hockey, but what about amateur and recreational levels? [Canucks Army]
  • The Boston Bruins have been shirking an agreement with the city, which they made in exchange for the arena deal that led to the construction of the current TD Garden, to hold three fundraisers each year to support public recreation in the city. [Boston Globe]
  • Justin Bourne with an interesting piece on the murky line for many players between becoming career AHL or NHL players (which, of course, has massive implications for their earnings and prestige). [The Athletic]
  • The Vancouver Canucks were represented at the Vancouver Pride Parade by players Erik Gudbranson and Troy Stecher. [Canucks Army]

  • Melissa Burgess reviews sport scholar Nancy Theberge’s (Brock University) 2000 book, Higher Goals: Women’s Ice Hockey and the Politics of Gender, and considers what has – and has not – changed for women in hockey in that time. [The Victory Press]
  • Longtime hockey executive Bryan Murray passed away at age 74. RIP. [TSN]
  • With NHL players not participating in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Russia is attempting to lure homegrown talent to the KHL so that it can strengthen its men’s national team for the Games. [The Hockey News]
  • Media company CBS banned its Las Vegas stations from mentioning the new NHL franchise, the Golden Knights, as its rivals secured broadcasting rights. After a public outcry, the company was forced to backtrack and apologize. [Awful Announcing]
  • The Golden Knights’ success may hinge on marketing themselves not only to tourists on the Strip, but also to Las Vegas residents. [The Hockey News]
  • Former Canucks enforcer Gino Odjick is still beloved in Vancouver, and a Canucks fan has written a tribute song in honour of Odjick’s battle with a blood disorder that has threatened his life. [Sportsnet]
  • Brian LeBlanc argues that the Carolina Hurricanes do not require a downtown Raleigh arena in order to remain financially viable. [Canes Country]
  • Not surprisingly, ex-NHLer and current commentator Jeremy Roenick toed the conservative line on the NFL’s anthem protests, criticizing star Marshawn Lynch for sitting during the US national anthem. [Sportsnet]
  • During the Korean War, Canadian soldiers played an exhibition hockey match on the Imjin River. [CBC]
  • NHL players, who split the revenue from the 2016 World Cup, have now been paid. Rick Westhead has the breakdown:

  • Want to learn more about the KHL? Here’s a handy primer. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Finally, NHL superstar Sidney Crosby turned 30. Here is a list of the top 30 moments of his hockey career. [SB Nation]

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