Links Round-up: IOC bans six women for life; Lovejoy donates brain for concussion research; the passing of Zarley Zalapski; and more

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. Ben Lovejoy has agreed to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after his death to help advance concussion research. He is the first active NHL player to do this.…

Links Round-up: Inside the hockey non-fiction publishing industry; Film about North Korean hockey; Who is overdue for Hall of Fame recognition?; and more

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. Hockey in Society contributor Cheryl MacDonald was featured in the Saint Mary’s University alumni magazine, for her research and postdoctoral position on LGBTQ inclusivity in hockey. [Maroon & White] An interesting…

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…

The concussion scapegoat

It comes to something when we are no longer surprised about the periodic news stories telling us that yet another current or retired hockey player has been found dead.  Since the summer of 2011 when Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak all lost their lives to the more recent losses of Steve Montador and…

One year later, remembering Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

One year ago today, an airplane carrying the players, coaches, and training staff of KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed immediately after a failed takeoff. Of the 45 people on board, including the pilots and flight staff, 43 were dead on site. One surviving player, Alexander Galimov, died in hospital shortly afterward, leaving crew member Alexander…