NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- Florida Panthers disband ice girls – The Florida Panthers were one of the first teams in the NHL to have a designated “ice girls” squad. The team informed the members of the squad that their services would not be required for the 2014-15 season. With the exception of some San Jose Sharks fans, the majority of fans do not have a strong opinion on the use of ice girls. It can easily be understood how some can see the squads as sexist and the epitome of the objectification of women. Then again, ask most ice girls about their job and they will say they love it. No, the Florida Panthers disbanding their ice girls does not seem like they are making a stance on sexism in the NHL. This reeks of just another way for a financially struggling franchise to save a buck. [TMMOTS]
- Christmas in July – It may be 80 and sunny right now, but in a blink of an eye it will be -10 and you will be on a ladder stringing up the lights. Getting in on the latest fashion trend, the NHL Shop now has ugly Christmas sweaters on sale. At this time, they only have sweaters for the Original Six teams on sale, so it appears if you are not a fan of those you can’t get in on the holiday cheer (or see your team on NBC). [NHL Shop]
- Global warming: an inconvenient truth, or a nefarious plan by the Arizona Coyotes to level the playing field? – According to the 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, climate change is putting the future of the NHL in danger. You see, further down the line it is going to be difficult for NBC Sports to harken back to the days of *puts on cheesy Canadians voice* “lacing up the skates and playing on the pond” when that pond doesn’t freeze anymore. Since pretty much everyone but Fox News and its band of merry followers acknowledges that we are having some affect on the environment, the concern that some day winters may not be cold enough in most areas to support ice, is legitimate for the NHL. The majority of NHLers get their start playing outdoor hockey on a frozen pond. It is where I fell in love with the game. [Bleacher Report]