Links Round-up: Celebrating Bev Beaver; Following hockey as a blind and deaf fan; NHL returning to China; and more

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.

  • William Douglas has a great profile on Bev Beaver, a First Nations athlete from the Six Nations Reserve who had a prolific career at a time when women’s options for competitive hockey were extremely limited. Some of Beaver’s items from her playing days are being displayed at the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Color of Hockey; Turtle Island News]
  • Christian Holmes, a hockey fan and aspiring journalist whose disability means he is both blind and deaf, writes about his fandom and how he follows games on TV and in person. [Grandstand Central]
  • The NHL will return to China with preseason games. Last year, the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings played in Beijing and Shanghai. This year, the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins will face off in Beijing and Shenzhen. [TSN]
  • As Slava Voynov reportedly eyes a return to the NHL, a number of fan bloggers have argued passionately against giving the domestic abuser a contract. [Habs Eyes on the Prize; Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • The owners of the Surrey Knights, a junior team in the Pacific Junior Hockey League, have filed complaints with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Amar Gill and John Craighead allege that, as the only people of colour who are owners in the league, they have faced racial discrimination on a number of fronts. [The Georgia Straight]
  • Another former NHLer has been found to have CTE:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights have introduced Spanish-language broadcasts to make the team accessible to Las Vegas’ sizeable Hispanic population. [NHL.com]
  • Great Britain’s national men’s hockey team is seeing an increase in the number of men of colour playing for the squad. [Color of Hockey]
  • In the wake of a deadly van attack in Toronto, the Maple Leafs’ Ron Hainsey delivered an emotional message to the city. [Puck Daddy]
  • An interview with Dr. Michael Mann, a climate change scientist who famously used a hockey stick to visualize temperature changes over time. [Green Sports Blog]
  • A book review in Swedish by friend of the blog, Dr. Tobias Stark, about a new edited volume The Same but Different: Hockey in Quebec. [Nordic Sports Forum]
  • A Canadian girl is trying to put a stop to the Nashville Predators’ tradition of throwing dead catfish on the ice. [CBC News]
  • The Olympic Channel has produced a documentary on the 1998 Gold Medal winning Czech Republic men’s team. The underdogs, led by Dominik Hasek, captured the gold after defeating Canada and Russia. [Olympic Channel]
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