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.
- Last week the NHL and its fans said farewell to Daniel and Henrik Sedin with incredible warmth, which was a little bit unexpected given that during their careers they were often the butt of many hockey jokes and not necessarily treated with respect on the ice: [Grandstand Central] argues that the presence of the Sedins often exposed the worst of hockey culture, and Tyler Shipley further elaborated on the alternative masculinity promoted by the Sedins for [The Canuck Way].
- Following the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash, some hockey moms in Langley, British Columbia started the idea of wearing jerseys to show support for the victims and their families. “Jersey Day” quickly became a worldwide phenomenon [Daily Hive]. The other show of solidarity came with the #PutYourSticksOut campaign and had NHL teams and players joining in as well [CTV News]. The GoFundMe campaign has raised over $10 million and is now the largest crowdfunding effort that has taken place in Canada [CTV Saskatoon].
- Wayne Simmonds penned his case for inducting Willie O’Ree into the Hockey Hall of Fame via [The Player’s Tribune]. In related news, the NHL recently announced the creation of the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award [Yahoo Sports].
- Black hockey players continue to be the minority in the NHL but Chicago is quickly becoming a hotbed for black players to learn the game and excel [Chicago Reader].
- It has been a season since the CWHL ventured into expansion in China. [The Victory Press] takes a look at the relationship between the league and China’s new found love of hockey.
- On March 30th, Hometown Hockey ran a piece on Caroline Ouelette and Julie Chu’s relationship as life partners and former competitors:
- Fun hockey fact: Ancient Egyptians played a ball and stick game similar to hockey and now the desert nation is trying to grow the game of ice hockey by competing in the first Arab Club Cup championship [ESPN].
- Food for Thought: In order to enhance the credibility of Coach’s Corner in an ever evolving world, the program needs to replace Ron MacLean for someone willing to challenge Don Cherry when his rants become racist, xenophobic, sexist, or misogynistic [Grand Stand Central].
- Getting tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game has always been difficult but a recent investigation found that it is actually almost impossible when only 96 tickets are made available to the general public. [CBC]
- Ken Dryden also hopped on [The Player’s Tribune] to continue his advocacy for a safer game that will drastically decrease the occurrence of head trauma and concussions.
- A minor hockey player has been handed a 45-game suspension for using a racial slur on ice in Nova Scotia. [CBC]