Links Round-Up: NWHL expands; Let’s talk about Bobby Hull; Recognizing Henry Maracle; and more

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Minnesota Whitecaps. Photo from MinnPost.

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.

  • In women’s professional hockey news, it seems that rather than being closer to a merger, the CWHL and NHWL couldn’t be further apart with respect to what that league should look like or how it should be run [ESPNW]. Further proof that they have different agendas can be found in the decision to expand the NWHL by adding the Minnesota Whitecaps for the upcoming season. [Victory Press]
  • Racism in Canadian hockey has been in the news pretty consistently as of late, this time with the OHL facing some backlash. [Toronto Star]
  • The U.S. Supreme Court recently made it easier for individual states to legalize and regulate sports gambling. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the NHL is going to be benefitting from gambling revenue any time soon. [Sportsnet]
  • Bobby Hull received has some revived fan attention after attending a Jets’ playoff game but [Arctic Ice] reminds us to be careful of which players for which we wax nostalgic.
  • Speaking of the Jets, check out this awesome bhangra inspired remix in support of the team:

  • The NHL has created a new Community Hero award after Willie O’Ree. [Sportsnet]
  • A month after the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident, Frank Seravalli offers his reflection on how Saskatchewan has come together. [TSN]
  • Having visited Las Vegas recently during the playoffs, I can corroborate the title of this article: “Vegas is most certainly a hockey town.” [TSN]
  • Henry Maracle is often overlooked as an Indigenous trailblazer in the game but reporter Irene Schmidt-Adeney is doing her part to make sure his contributions are recognized. [Color of Hockey]
  • Oilers’ alumni laced up their skates to participate in a Hockey Helps the Homeless tournament. [CBC]
  • Last, Nathan Kalman-Lamb writes about the all–too-real physical harms that have been deemed not only socially acceptable but badges of honour in exchange for millions of dollars (or the chance at millions of dollars). [The Baffler]
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