Links Round-Up: Hayley Wickenheiser hired by Maple Leafs; Anders Nilsson tackles homophobia; Mental illness and hockey labour; and more

Formerly known as “Weekly Links,” our round-up of important and interesting pieces from the hockey blogosphere and media now appears every 2-4 weeks. The Toronto Maple Leafs made a number of front office hires, which included some notable positions for women: Hayley Wickenheiser becomes Assistant Director of Player Development and Noelle Needham as an amateur…

Weekly Links: Penguins win the Stanley Cup, Rogers sees solid ratings; CWHL’s bold expansion to China; Calgary mayor fires back at Brian Burke; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the 2017 Stanley Cup champions. A reported 650,000 people turned up to the parade in downtown Pittsburgh. An estimated 650,000 people turned out for yesterday's Stanley Cup Parade in Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/KM51TxOPIk — Breakfast Television (@BTMontreal) June…

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…

Re-Writing Sexism: A reflection on Wickenheiser’s legacy

Vice Sports published a piece in honour of Hayley Wickenheiser’s retirement titled, “Hayley Wickenheiser Didn’t Let Sexism Impede Her GOAT Career.”  The first time I read the title, it irked me the wrong way because, while it pats Wick on the back for “having thick skin,” it backhands other women for basically not, in Sheryl…

Weekly Links: Wick announces her retirement; Khaira’s first goal; LGBTQ inclusion in hockey; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Arguably the best player in women’s hockey announced her retirement via Twitter this past week. Here are some great pieces looking at the significance of Wick’s legacy and career: [Victory Press] questions the role of media in creating legacy narratives…