Links Round-up: The privatization of youth hockey; Women’s Olympic news and profiles; RIP Red Fisher; 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. JJ Adams and Patrick Johnston take an in-depth look at the privatization of Canadian elite youth sport, including hockey academies that can cost parents tens of thousands of dollars annually. [The…

Weekly Links: Oake family working to prevent drug addiction; “Smashville” in the hockey spotlight; PETA’s stand against catfish tossing; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. The family of Scott Oake (of Hockey Night in Canada) is helping to fund a drug treatment centre in Winnipeg. Scott’s son, Bruce, died at age 25 from an overdose of heroin. The family is hoping that its donations and…

Weekly Links: Chinese KHL team to launch new CWHL franchise; Addressing the dearth of female referees; Marc Savard on concussion struggles; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. The CWHL is adding a new franchise, which will be operated by the KHL’s Chinese club, Kunlun Red Star. The team is intended to help develop China’s women’s hockey program. [The Ice Garden] Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders and Team…

Weekly Links: US Women’s National Team on strike; Maple Leafs fighting toxic masculinity; NHL going to China, Sweden; and more

The labour dispute between the US Women’s National Team and USA Hockey continues, with the athletes planning to sit out the upcoming World Championships. These two pieces highlight some of the unequal treatment afforded USA Hockey’s women athletes vs. their male counterparts. [CNN; The Ice Garden] In the latest twist, USA Hockey is trying to…

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…