Talking About Hockey Talks: The NHL and Mental Health

Every February since 2013, the seven Canadian NHL teams host Hockey Talks, a NHLPA led program aimed at “destigmatizing” mental illness. The effort was initiated by former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa after teammate Rick Rypien’s suicide in 2011. In addition to media spots, public service announcements, and the hashtag #hockeytalks, the team’s websites link…

Weekly Links: Cultural aspects of the “concussion crisis”; Women’s hockey in Mexico, South Korea, India; and more

Matt Ventresca, Hockey in Society contributor and postdoc researcher at Georgia Tech, has a great piece on how addressing sociocultural factors, in addition to employing technological advances, is needed to reduce concussions in hockey and other contact sports. [Engaging Sports] Ken Campbell on how hockey agents are recruiting clients at younger and younger ages, and…

Weekly Links: Mike Comrie Rape Allegations; Corey Hirsch and Mental Health; Willie O’Ree’s vision loss; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Retired NHL’er Mike Comrie is currently under investigation for rape allegations. [The Score] Corey Hirsch penned a must-read piece for [The Player’s Tribune] detailing his struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder. Looks like good news for the CWHL with an…

Weekly Links: Bryan Bickell diagnosed with MS; Coyotes eyeing new arena; UAE viral hockey star

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Bryan Bickell or the Carolina Hurricanes has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. [Vice Sports] Former Vancouver Canuck, Brent Sopel, has decided to go back to school despite difficulties with dyslexia. [Daily Hive] The Arizona Coyotes have announced plans for…