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Fallout from Chicago, Updates from Pittsburgh, Lehner Has more Opinions

We’ve got a long way to go, folks, in this edition of Links, News, and Notes

NHL: NOV 02 Golden Knights at Maple Leafs Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As much as we’d like to ignore the unpleasant truths about hockey and enjoy the game on its own, we live in critical times and can’t close our eyes to the things that make us uncomfortable. With that in mind, most of the news around hockey this week will probably bum you out but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it. We still get to spend a disproportionate amount of time breaking down the nuts and bolts of the game and while I’d love to write about those topics instead, let’s review the important stories around the sport this week:

The plaintiff’s lawyers say there has been a systemic problem of hazing and abuse and that a judge should approve a motion to proceed with the case as a class action. If that happens, all current and former CHL players would automatically become plaintiffs in the case, except those who decide to opt out.

The CHL, which faced a Monday deadline to respond to the allegations, is using former players like Calder, the parents of one-time players, and team and league officials to portray major junior hockey as a place where most players have had largely positive experiences.