Formerly known as “Weekly Links,” our round-up of important and interesting pieces from the hockey blogosphere and media will now appear twice a month.
- The hockey world has been pretty quiet with respect to Black Lives Matter activism and generally on an issues related to racial discrimination, with the exception of J.T. Brown. In late August, Brown donated $1,500 to have confederate statue removed in downtown Tampa. [ESPN]
- Congratulations to the Philippines for winning their first ever South East Asian gold medal! [CNN Philippines]
- Canadian Tire runs a national program called The First Shift (formerly run by Bauer) that offers introductory hockey lessons at a low cost in order to help grow grassroots hockey in Canada. The province of Prince Edward Island is now offering The First Shift in an all-female format. [CBC News]
- Have you ever played in a rink with the orange “look-up line” designed to help prevent injuries along the boards? It turns out that this safety measure actually causes more injuries by drawing players’ eyes down towards the line, and in turn dropping their heads. [Puck Daddy]
- A junior hockey player was convicted of sexual assault but the controversy ensued when the judge postponed his sentencing largely because the judge was a former hockey player and “knew the mob mentality that can exist in that atmosphere”. [Vice Sports]
- A young Indigenous girl in Calgary will be sitting on the bench this season as a protest against the Northwest Warriors crest. [Calgary Herald]
- On September 6th, the NHL released the sport’s “Declaration of Principles” in an attempt to solidify the game of hockey as an inclusive space. We will have to wait and see if the League can actually be held to these principles or not. [Sportsnet]
- The CWHL announced that it would be paying its players a modest stipend starting this season [Globe & Mail] [The Athletic]. Check out what the players have to say about their new “salaries” [Habs Eyes On the Prize].
- George Parros, former Princeton grad and NHL enforcer, will now be heading up the Department of Player Safety. [CBC]
- In stadium news, the Calgary Flames may still be in the market for a new rink [TSN]; Seattle is looking to host an NHL team by 2020 [TSN]; and the Toronto Maple Leafs will soon be playing in the newly named “Scotiabank Arena” in 2018. [Leafs Nation]
- Ryan Getlaf received an education this summer about anti-gay slurs: