Currently, I am a freelance NHL analytics writer, most recently for The Hockey News and the Chicago Tribune. Previous to Hockey Graphs, I was an editor at Gabe Desjardins’ Behind the Net blog and later Arctic Ice Hockey, and a contributor at NHL Numbers. I was also editor-in-chief of the Maple Leaf Press Season Preview magazine for the Winnipeg Jets’ inaugural season (2011-12). Overall, I have been researching and writing hockey analysis for six years; my work has been hosted or promoted by the National Post, NHL.com, Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk, FiveThirtyEight.com, and Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog. I also appeared in a Grantland/ESPN documentary on analytics and fighting in the NHL. My Fenwick charts innovation was a staple at Darryl Metcalf’s Extra Skater website and is currently being used by NHL teams, in television broadcasts, and by NHL stats sites including War-on-Ice.com, HockeyStats.ca, and NaturalStatTrick.com. The bulk of my archived graph work is viewable and searchable at HockeyVisualized.com, and I have also put together most of the interactive graphs here at HG (link). I tweet regularly from @BenjaminWendorf and can be reached by email at wendorf [dot] benjamin [at] gmail [dot] com.
Garik16 is a former Pitchf/x analyst at The Hardball Times and Beyond the Box Score (with guest spots at Amazin Avenue) who has in the last few years turned his eye to hockey analytics, mainly covering the New York Islanders unofficially at Lighthouse Hockey. He enjoys trying to teach people about so-called hockey fancy stats and somehow tries to manage his spare time well enough to track Isles’ zone entries. In his real life he’s an attorney on Long Island. He can be reached at Twitter at @garik16 or by email at garik16[at] gmail [dot] com.
After concluding his career as a touring musician, Garret was reinvigorated by the return of his hometown Winnipeg Jets and immersed himself into the hockey blogosphere. Garret was introduced to advanced statistics through the writings of Gabriel Desjardins on the now defunct blog Behind the Net. With a scientific background while studying Combined Honours in Biology and Chemistry as a student at the University of British Columbia, the analytical approach to viewing hockey statistically evoked extreme interest. Garret worked as an Analytics Specialist for CKM Sports Management, a young and analytically inclined player agency based in Vancouver. He now is the co-founder and CTO of HockeyData, a data tracking and analysis company. He has previously written in the Winnipeg Free Press, Hockey Prospectus, Jets Nation, and Arctic Ice Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter: @GarretHohl.
Asmae developed an interest in analytics due to her relentless motivation to convince people that her favorite player, Brad Marchand, is in fact an elite player. When she’s not doing so, she manages the day-to-day operations of Hockey-Graphs, oversees the creative and editorial process, and serves as the blog’s official representative. You can send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow @asmae_toumi on Twitter.
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Best known for her research into salary and player valuation, Carolyn is the managing hockey editor at FanRag Sports. She also co-hosts a tongue-in-cheek podcast on the Dallas Stars called Deep in the Heart of Hockey. Find Carolyn on twitter @Classlicity.
Alex Novet is a strategy data analyst in Berkeley, California. He was born on Long Island to a family of Islander fans and never had a chance to escape what that fandom entailed. He is interested in all aspects of hockey analytics, especially neutral zone work, and his previous work can be found on his blog at www.fancystatsisland.wordpress.com. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @AlexNovet. He previously graduated from the University of Chicago, where he majored in Economics and Political Science.
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DTM About Heart is Canadian studying economics in America. He currently “plays the game” and used to be ranked by NHL Central Scouting, so feel free to appeal to his authority. He has been writing about NHL analytics for about a year now. Some of his more prominent work to-date includes his NHL Draft Probability Model, xSV% (Expected Goals) and Corsi Plus-Minus. Until now he has exclusively written at his own blog. You can find him on twitter @DTMAboutHeart or reach by email at dtmaboutheart [at] gmail [dot] com.
As a Sens fan living in Toronto, Matt Cane has come to rely on statistics as a defence against the constant insistence of friends, coworkers, and random strangers that this year will really be different for the Maple Leafs. His work to date has included developing a Weighted Shots Metric, investigating the effects of zone starts, and tackling some of hockey’s biggest questions, like whether an AHL team could actually beat the 2014-2015 Buffalo Sabres. Matt’s articles are available on Hockey Prospectus and at his website, Puck++. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Management from McMaster University, and a Master of Science in Applied Math from Ryerson University, and is currently employed in Risk Management at a Canadian bank. When he’s not splitting his laptop screen between a Gamecentre window and a spreadsheet, Matt can be found flailing helplessly in net for his ball hockey team or willing the Blue Jays to finally end their World Series drought. Matt can be reached on Twitter at @Cane_Matt, or via e-mail at puckplusplus [at] gmail [dot] com.
Namita is currently an undergraduate business student at Wharton. She studies statistics, math, operations, and tries to find ways to cram them all together. A native of the Philadelphia area, Namita uses draft evaluation and salary analysis as a fun distraction whenever the Flyers’ on-ice product is less than optimal. She’s also an avid fan of the Phillies and Eagles because one sport’s worth of disappointment is never enough. Namita can be found on Twitter at
@nnstats, where she reminds people that Johnny Gaudreau is from South Jersey and was never a Devils fan. Longer and more serious inquiries can be emailed to namitan [at] wharton [dot] upenn [dot] edu.
Ryan created and manages the Passing Project, a collection of fans who share his enthusiasm for learning more about the game, one speadsheet at a time. Through this project, Ryan’s team has provided new insight into measuring how players contribute to shot attempts as well as new methods for evaluating goalies and how teams score goals. He is always looking for more volunteers to contribute to this ground-breaking project, so don’t hesitate to reach him on Twitter (@RK_Stimp). His work can be found at The Washington Post, InLouWeTrust, Hockey Prospectus, The Committed Indian, Japer’s Rink, and Blueshirt Banter (regrettably haha). He has also been a guest on Wharton Business Radio.
Adam is a native of the greater DC metropolitan area and is a life long Capitals fan. He began writing about hockey statistics in January of 2014 and is now an associate editor for Japers’ Rink. His favorite activities include: reminiscing about how exciting the Capitals used to be, begrudging line combinations, and spending time with friends and family. Adam graduated Duquesne University in 2013 and currently works as a financial analyst for a medical device company in Baltimore, Maryland. You can follow him on Twitter @stringhama.
Adam runs the Hockey Graph’s Podcast.
Alan is a hockey fan who got into analytics to try to better understand his favorite team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since getting involved, he has helped track games for the passing project. He also did some of the initial work in establishing the basis for dangerous shot contributions based on the passing project data. He does league wide analysis and data visualization at Hockey Graphs and Lightning focused work at Raw Charge. When he’s not messing around with pictures of hockey data, he works in Florida with only finest locally sourced artisanal data sets. You can find him on Twitter @loserpoints occasionally tweeting out hockey charts but mostly making dumb jokes.
Conor Tompkins is a hockey writer focusing on data visualization, modern hockey statistics, and discovering new ways to look at the game. Conor is a 9th year Penguins bandwagoner living in the city of Pittsburgh. He currently blogs at NullHypothesisHockey.com. You can find him on twitter @Null_HHockey, and by email at NullHHockey [at] gmail [dot] com.
Dom is a freelance hockey writer for The Hockey News with a focus on modern statistics and the stories they tell. Mostly, he just makes charts and attaches some words to them. He’s played, watched and studied hockey for most of his life with an affinity to the numbers side of the game. He’s a graduate of Ryerson University with a degree in journalism. Dom can be found on Twitter at @domluszczyszyn, or via email at d.luszczyszyn at gmail dot com.
Ian enjoys watching, analyzing, and being mad online about goaltenders. He was born in New York, spent the majority of his life in South Carolina, and now resides in Chicago. He is a life-long New York Rangers fan, meaning he can die in peace since 1994. Ian earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and now plies his trade as a business analyst for a tech-centric international legal services provider. In a previous life, he also played collegiate soccer at the NCAA Division II level. You can find him on Twitter at @imfleming16, much of his visual work at his website, and can be reached by email at ianmichaelfleming [at] gmail [dot] com.
Luke is from Minnesota and likes the Wild. He is concerned that people think Zach Parise’s contract is the worst contract in the league. He is envious of baseball’s vast troves of data and feels hockey can and should borrow more from Sabermetrics when evaluating and projecting player performance. He is envious of people who can code in R. He likes to make charts. He can be reached on twitter at
Matt Pfeffer is a native of Ottawa. His statistical analysis career began at 10 years old when he called in to Team 1200 to support the 2004 MVP candidacy of Ilya Kovalchuk. Later, while studying at Trent University, he began working for the Peterborough Petes, and later the Ottawa 67’s. He was recruited by Misha Donskov to join the Hockey Canada team and has worked for them ever since providing analytical information for the men’s national teams. Along the way Pfeffer has consulted for NHL teams, written for sites like Hockey Prospectus and his own former pet project, Progressive Hockey, and during his time with Powerscout he had the opportunity to work with camera-captured hockey data. Pfeffer is a baseball and soccer enthusiast, his favourite team being Manchester City. He can be found tweeting at @.
Mike (Fail) is the former community manager of Flamesnation and current Hockey Graph’s graphics boy. He has an unhealthy obsession for penalty killing, systems, tactics, and Mikael Backlund. Mike can often be found in Edmonton, eating fried chicken and trying to befriend every dog or cat he encounters. You can reach him on Twitter at @mikefail.
Muneeb has been a Caps fan since 2003, making him the exact opposite of a bandwagon fan. He grew up (mostly) in Virginia and starting writing about the Caps at his own blog just before they got “Halak’d,” and started contributing to Japers’ Rink in 2013. Muneeb graduated from Columbia in 2015 with a major in astrophysics and a minor in economics, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Imperial College London. You can contact him over Twitter @muneebalamcu or via email at redarmylinecaps [at] gmail [dot] com.
Nick is a Pittsburgh native; after many years spent living in California, he has recently moved to the Portland, OR area, where he is looking forward to fewer Gamecenter blackouts. After taking an interest in hockey analytics during the 2012-13 season, he launched the website Puck Prediction. At this site, he conducted an experiment in single-game prediction for the 2013-14 season, and has used it as a hub for publishing playoff series predictions and original research. He is also a contributor to the Sharks website Fear the Fin. He has a Master’s in applied economics from the University of Michigan, and has worked as an economist and principal consultant to numerous large healthcare organizations.
Nick Mercadante is a former goaltender who has been passionate about analyzing hockey since he was young (not coincidentally around the same time he was told he was too short to ever make it to the show). He has coached at the youth, high school, junior and collegiate levels. His passion for in-depth, data-driven, analysis prompted him to start writing and tweeting about the game. His work can be found on BlueshirtBanter.com. Nick is a Tulane University Law School Grad and Connecticut native, where he now practices law and lives with his wife and their three dogs. Yes, he has a Whalers tattoo. He is on Twitter @nmercad or can be reached through email at nick [dot] mercadante [at] gmail [dot] com.
Prashanth is a long-time Red Wings fan, having spent the better part of his childhood living outside of Detroit. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with his doctorate in pharmacy and is finishing his cardiology residency at UNC Medical Center. You can find his previous work and Red Wings-focused work over at Winging It In Motown. He is always willing to spend the time to explain concepts so please do not hesitate to ask! You can contact him over at Twitter @iyer_prashanth or via email at piyer97 [at] gmail [dot] com.
As a long suffering Canucks’ fan, pb takes comfort in the idea Einstein was only half right: God might not play dice with the world, but the Hockey Gods do. Bringing together a background in engineering and business, pb is interested in finding new ways of looking at the relationships between data and outcomes, both on the ice and in the boardroom. You can find his previous work at NHLNumbers, or, if you need a laugh, he writes at Canucks Army and can be found posting Graphic Comments at the Sportingnews. pb is on Twitter at @petbugs13 and @GraphicComments or you can email him at petbugs [at] gmail [dot] com.
Sean Tierney writes hockey articles that really heavily on graphs. He works hard to fuse scouting reports and they eye test into his writing. Sean’s been accused of being a Leafs fan but that’s difficult to prove. He also writes at Today’s Slapshot and Jets Nation and is totally willing to spend time with you discussing the value of draft picks. He’s a teacher by day, a writer after dark. You can follow him @ChartingHockey.
Shawn is a college student at Western New England University in Springfield Massachusetts. He developed an interest in analytics when he wanted to prove how Corsi failed to evaluate defensemen (relative save percentage was his big idea). He has been enlightened since then and loves to take on edgy and new topics. He has a special love for all aspects of analytics including drafting, all in one stats, and micro stats.
Shayna is a New York Rangers fan living in New York. She focuses on all different aspects of hockey research and analytics. Shayna currently covers the Vegas Golden Knights and all things expansion at The Hockey Writers and has covered things at the intersection of sports and technology over at SportTechie. She has a Masters in Sports Business with a concentration in Professional and Collegiate Sports from New York University, and Shayna can be found on Twitter at @hayyyshayyy.
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