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Ottawa Hockey Analytics 2016

Ottawa Hockey Analytics 2016

Michael Schuckers, one of the co-founders of Statistical Sports Consulting, LLC is again one of the organizers for the 2016 Ottawa Hockey Analytics Conference. The conference will be held January 16th, 2016 at Porter Hall/231 University Centre Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.  The conference webpage (including registration) can be found here: http://statsportsconsulting.com/ottanalytics16/ Michael Schuckers, professor of statistics at St. Lawrence, who will speak at the conference, says hockey analytics has become a way to better understand the factors that impact the outcome of hockey games  […]



Schuckers co-hosting #OTTanalytics

On February 7th, 2015, St. Lawrence University and Carleton University will be co-hosting a Hockey Analytics workshop.  Some of the biggest names in hockey analytics including Awad and Vollman will be speaking. Additional Details can be found on the workshop website below: Workshop website: HERE     Tweet



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