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: Evander Kane accused of sex crime; Young Habs fan flagged on no-fly list; the Women’s Winter Classic; and more.

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! The people of Swift Current continue to deal with the effects of Graham James’ abusive coaching decades later. [Globe and Mail] Ontario has a storied history of women’s hockey. Check out this look backwards at early women’s hockey from…

Weekly Links: Coach Shannon Miller fired by Minnesota-Duluth; Lawsuit by ex-players against the CHL; World Junior Championship news and issues; and more

Welcome to Hockey in Society’s Weekly Links post. This feature highlights articles or blog entries that are related to Hockey in Society’s areas of interest and that may be of interest to the site’s readers. Please check out some of the great writing that is happening in the hockey media and blogosphere! The University of…

Film Review: “Theo Fleury: Playing With Fire” (2011)

Theo Fleury: Playing With Fire is a 2012 documentary that paints an intimate portrait of former NHL player Theoren Fleury. The film, which shares its title with Fleury’s 2009 autobiography Playing With Fire, was screened in Toronto at the Hot Docs film festival, where I watched it on Saturday. Fleury’s story is complex, tragic and…