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…

In Hard Times, Leafs Nation Distances Itself from The Leafs

A follow-up to “Are the Toronto Maple Leafs a Public Institution? No (but Also Yes)” A professional sports team may have a genuine public aspect to it, but it looks a lot less like a public institution when it’s failing. Witness this year’s sad Toronto Maple Leafs. You’d be hard-pressed to design a more depressing…