Historical Perspectives and Current Directions in Hockey Analytics

Posted: 3 May 2019

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Namita Nandakumar

University of Pennsylvania - Statistics Department

Shane Jensen

University of Pennsylvania - Statistics Department

Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

We review recent advances in hockey analytics research, most of which have occurred from the early 2000s to the present day. We discuss these advances in the context of earlier attempts to evaluate player performance in hockey. We survey the unique challenges of quantitatively summarizing the game of hockey, and how deficiencies in existing methods of evaluation shaped major avenues of research and the creation of new metrics. We present an extended analysis of the National Hockey League entry draft in terms of both retrospective evaluation and prospective strategy. We conclude with recommendations for future research in hockey analytics.

Suggested Citation

Nandakumar, Namita and Jensen, Shane, Historical Perspectives and Current Directions in Hockey Analytics (March 2019). Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 19-36, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3382102 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-statistics-030718-105202

Namita Nandakumar (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - Statistics Department ( email )

Wharton School
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Shane Jensen

University of Pennsylvania - Statistics Department ( email )

Wharton School
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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