Links Round-up: COVID-19 March Edition

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Boston Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs, the Scrooge of the NHL. Photo: John Tlumacki

The links round-up post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. The on-ice world is at a standstill, so we will be running these bi-weekly rather than weekly.

COVID-19 Related Stories

  • Russian Machine Never Breaks has done a fantastic job tracking which NHL owners are paying their employees during the league’s stoppage. [Brennin Weiswerda, RMNB]
  • Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula not only laid off workers, but is not guaranteeing they will be rehired [John Vogl and Tim Graham, The Athletic, paywal].
  • As part of her medical school training, Hayley Wickenheiser is assisting doctors fighting the pandemic. [Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com]
  • Bauer has transitioned from making hockey visors to medical face shields. [Josh K. Elliott, Global News]
  • The owner of the New Jersey Devils, Josh Harris, reversed course on reducing salaries 20% after public backlash. [Keith Pompey, Philadelphia Inquirer]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes, owned by Tom Dundon, also reversed their decision that employees would be on unpaid time off if they didn’t have vacation or sick time to use. [Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer]
  • Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who was the last owner to provide any kind of financial assistance to arena work, was also among the first to announce substantial layoffs and pay cuts. [Joe Haggerty, NBC Sports Boston]
  • The NHL cut pay of league office employees by 25%. [Emily Kaplan, NHL.com]

Non-COVID-19 stories:

  • Watch Sandamini Rankaduwa’s short film Ice Breakers, about black teen hockey star Josh Crooks and the history of Nova Scotia’s black hockey league [National Film Board]
  • “Liz Knox found an exciting and uplifting new purpose following her difficult and emotional decision to retire in the autumn of 2019. Remaining an integral character in the professional game, one of its most likeable individuals, Knox became enthralled by the opportunity to be part of its newest chapter, one filled with optimism and resolve.” Mark Staffieri talks with Knox about this new purpose [Women’s Hockey Life]
  • PWHPA member Sydney Kidd reflects on her 20 years in hockey. [Medium]
  • William Douglas profiles Alton White, the first black player to have a hat trick in a major league professional game (with the WHA’s Los Angeles Sharks. [NHL.com]
  • Christine Mina is the social media voice of iconic mascot Gritty. Erin McCarthy profiles her and the other women who work for the Philadelphia Flyers. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
  • Kristina Rutherford profiles one of the most divisive people in women’s hockey, NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan. [Sportsnet]
  • Hailey Salvian interviews Victoria Bach, who went from preparing for her World Championship debut with Team Canada to self-isolation. [The Athletic, paywall]
  • William Douglas writes about the increasing number of women of colour working for NHL teams, including Tracey McCants Lewis and Delvina Morrow of the Pittsburgh Penguins. [NHL.com]
  • Read about the 1950 political sabotage of the Czechoslovakian national team, where 12 players were sentenced to prison labour for “treason” (having contact with foreigners). [Karen Given, WBUR]
  • Connor McDavid’s dog does not enjoy being used for squats. [@mcdavid97, Instagram]

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