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Schuckers named Significant Contributor by American Statistical Association.

Statistical Sports Consulting LLC’s Co-Founder Michael Schuckers was recently named 2013 Significant Contributor by the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics in Sports.   Schuckers is also an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics Department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.   As part of being named a Significant Contributor, Schuckers gave a luncheon talk at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Montreal at the beginning of August.  His talk was entitled What Statistics/Analytics Tells Us About Ice Hockey.  Additionally, he  […]



THoR takes 2nd Place in Research Paper Competition

A paper by Statistical Sports Consulting LLC co-founder Michael Schuckers and Jim Curro has won 2nd place in the Research Paper Competition at the 2013 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Second places carries with it a $5000 prize. The conference has been called the ‘super bowl of sports analytics’.  This is the third consecutive year that Schuckers has had a paper in the finals of the competition but the first time that he has finished in the money.   Total Hockey Ratings Paper Tweet



2013 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

2013 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

We are very fortunate a paper that I wrote with a former student, Jim Curro, accepted to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Research Paper Competition.  The paper presents a  new ratings system which we think is an improvement over the current approaches.  It creates a two-way (offense and defense combined) rating that isolates the impact of an individual player by adjusting for home ice, the quality of competition, the quality of teammates and where a player starts their shifts.  We assess the impact of a player  […]



Chris Wells Named AHCA National Women’s Coach of the Year

Chris Wells Named AHCA National Women’s Coach of the Year

Statistical Sports Consulting Co-Founder and St. Lawrence University Head Coach Chris Wells was named American Hockey Coaches Association Division I Women’s Coach of the Year.  Chris guided his team to their first ever ECAC hockey tournament title by going 18-2-1 to end the regular season and the league tournament.  Through four seasons behind the Saints’ bench, Wells has compiled a record of 80-53-16 and two NCAA appearances.  He is a 1992 graduate of St. Lawrence and played four seasons for the men’s hockey team under  […]



Academic Minute on the NHL Shootout

Academic Minute on the NHL Shootout

Today’s Academic Minute which is a daily audio presentation on faculty research is about our research on the NHL Shootout.  Here is the audio link. This is old ground.  The conclusions are after the first five years of the NHL Shootout that there is no evidence that any goalie or shooter is significantly different from the average.  We presented this work as a poster at the 2010 NCSSORS Conference.  This work also appeared in ESPN the Magazine.  Link to a blog entry: http://statsportsconsulting.com/2010/12/21/nhl-shootout-as-crapshoot/ Link to  […]



DIGR in ESPN The Magazine

DIGR in ESPN The Magazine

  Peter Keating of ESPN the Magazine has a nice write-up about the Defense Independent Goalie Ratings (DIGR) in the latest issues. Article can be found here. Peter does a real nice job of summarizing the DIGR. Original paper for the DIGR can be found at this link. Tweet



DIGR article getting good press

DIGR article getting good press

Just a note to highlight the press that the Defense Independent Goalie Rating (DIGR) article by Statistical Sports Consulting co-founder Michael Schuckers is getting Mention in TSN’s Scott Cullen’s article on the conference Article in US News & World Report on DIGR Tweet



DIGR at MIT Sloan Conference

DIGR at MIT Sloan Conference

Statistical Sports Consulting Founder Michael Schuckers had a research paper selected as a finalist for presentation at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The paper develops a new methodology for evaluation of NHL goalies called the Defense Independent Goalie Rating or DIGR. The paper can be found here. The poster from the conference can be found here. Video of the presentation from the conference can be found here. Tweet



ESPN The Magazine Article Random Mess

ESPN The Magazine Article Random Mess

An analysis done by SSC co-founder Michael Schuckers was featured in the December 27, 2010 ESPN The Magazine. The article is from Peter Keating’s Next Level column. The link is here. Randon Mess (must be an ESPN Insider to access the full article).  The title Random Mess refers to the fact that the analysis suggests that NHL shootouts can be viewed as a random process. More details here: blog entry. Tweet



Interview on The Standard news show

Interview on The Standard news show

SSC co-founder Michael Schuckers was interviewed by the Canadian cable news show The Standard with Peter Klein on VisionTV/JoyTV. The show will air on August 22, 2010 at 8pm on JoyTV10 in Vancouver. Part of the discussion that they had was about the use of statistical methods for the evaluation of National Hockey League talent. [Update: The video of the interview can be found in the Moneypuck Interview blog entry.] Tweet