Ottawa Hockey Analytics at Carleton (#OTTHAC17)

Ottawa Hockey Analytics at Carleton (#OTTHAC17) 2017-08-30T22:01:40+00:00

Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) School of Mathematics and Statistics and St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY)  hosted a conference on hockey analytics and statistics on May 6th, 2017.  This wss the 3rd annual Ottawa Hockey Analytics Conference.  



Conference Presentations

Micah Blake McCurdy, Goalie Brouhaha

Sophie Jablansky, Multilevel Modeling in Hockey Analytics

Helmut Neher, Pose Estimation of Players in Hockey Videos using Convolutional Neural Networks

Jeremy Sylvain, The Probability and Severity of Man Games Lost Due to Injury in an NHL Season

Eric Blabac, NHL Playoff Predictions

Matt Cane, Defending the Pass

Corey Pronman, Understanding the NHL Draft JUST a lLttle Better 

Michael Schuckers, Draft By Numbers

Timo Seppa, Text Mining of Scouting Reports…

Rob Vollman & Friends, Mock Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Draft

Mock Protection Lists:

Summary of Expansion Draft Results:

Student Posters

Brandon Alcox, University of Waterloo, A Utility Model for the Entry Draft

Devan Becker, University of Western Ontario, Space and Some Other Things:  Point Process Models for Hockey Data

Thomas Côté-Miller, McGill University, On the Powerplay, are 5 forwards better than 4?

John McCool, University of Pittsburgh, Are Expected Goal Models Biased?

Namita Nandakumar, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, What Does It Mean to Draft Perfectly?

Helmut Neher, University of Waterloo (Vision and Image Processing Lab), Pose Estimation of Players in Hockey Videos using Convolutional Neural Networks

Chris Shoniker, Carleton University, Estimating Player Survivability in the NHL

Jeremy Sylvain, St. Lawrence University, The Probability and Severity of Man Games Lost Due to Injury in an NHL Season

JohnTank, St. Lawrence University, The Effect of Rinks on Shot Rates in the QMJHL

Stephanos Tselios, Brock University, How to design an efficient roster in the National Hockey League (N.H.L.)

Conference Registration:

This year we have a registration fee to cover the costs of the conference but that fee will include lunch.  The rates are $35 for non students, and $25 for students (in Canadian dollars).   The registration process is in two steps: registration and payment.  Note that you need to complete both steps.  

Registration can be found at the following link:

Special Networking Event on Friday May 5th for People New to Hockey Analytics:

Details and registration for the Friday Networking event are through this Eventbrite page. This event SOLD OUT.

List of Sponsors:

Carleton University, Faculty of Science  GOLD SPONSOR

Carleton University, Assistant Vice President (University Services)  SILVER SPONSOR


SMT Visual Data Intelligence







American Statistical Association Statistics in Sport Section

Carleton University, Department of Athletics

Carleton University, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Carleton University, Institute of Data Science

Carleton University School of Mathematics and Statistics

Hockey Abstract

Ottawa Senators

Statistical Society of Ottawa


St. Lawrence University, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics

St. Lawrence University


Current List of Conference Participants:

  • Eric Blabac, Sam’s Club (formerly of SAP)
  • Tanner Buzick, Sports Data Product Specialist, SMT Fremont division
  • Matt Cane, WinnersView
  • Kate Cimini, freelance writer at Sports Illustrated, Vice Sports and FanRag Sports
  • Meghan Chayka, Stathletes
  • Jim Doeden, General Manager, Vice President, SMT Fremont division
  • Graham Goldbeck, Manager, Data Analytics and Operations, SMT Fremont divison
  • Sophie Jablansky, University of Maryland
  • Brian Macdonald, Florida Panthers
  • Micah Blake McCurdy,
  • Shirley Mills, Carleton University
  • Kevin Mongeon, Brock University
  • Corey Pronman, ESPN Insider
  • Dani Rylan, NWHL
  • Michael Schuckers, St. Lawrence University and Statistical Sports Consulting, LLC
  • Timo Seppa, Hockey Prospectus
  • Britni Smith, Clarkson University
  • Sam Ventura, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rob Vollman, Hockey Abstract
  • Chris Wells, St. Lawrence University


Social Events for Attendees:

Friday night:

The Sens House, 7:15pm, 73 York Street (Upstairs), Ottawa

Saturday night:

Lowertown Brewery, 7:30pm, 73 York Street (Downstairs), Ottawa


Directions to Carleton University are HERE and Interactive Campus Map (Azrieli Theatre Building is AZ on the campus map).

Note that University Drive near Herzberg will be CLOSED but LIBRARY Rd. will be open.  The O-Train comes onto campus and there are several parking lots and parking garages available.

The webpage for  previous versions of this conference can be found at:  Ottawa Hockey Analytics Conference 2015, Ottawa Hockey Analytics Conference 2016