Vancouver Hockey Analytics Conference 2018


When: March 2-4, 2017

Where: Vancouver, Canada


The Vancouver Hockey Analytics Conference (#VanHAC) is in its third year and is the largest hockey analytics gathering on the West Coast. The conference gives the hockey analytics community a means to show new ways to think about the sport we all love. VanHAC is organized by the community for the community. Our main goal is to strengthen the hockey analytics community by providing more opportunities to share knowledge and ideas, encouraging support and education for speaking at conferences, and increasing the visibility of developers, organizations, and companies within the community.

We try to keep registration costs as low as possible to make VanHAC accessible to the widest group possible.

Note all attendees are required to uphold community standards to keep VanHAC a place where everyone is welcome.  To quote the Python Community:

VanHAC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for VanHAC.

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference without a refund at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.


Tickets will go on sale in early January 2018.  Check back on and follow us on Twitter at @HockeyGraphs for the latest news and information.  We aim to make tickets as low cost as possible.  Tickets in the past have been in high demand and quickly sold out so make sure to follow along and grab yours as early as possible.

If you wish to sign up for our mailing list, we will keep you updated with major announcements.  Sign up here at MailChimp to be added!


In 2018 we plan to have many talks, keynotes and tutorials – check back here for updates as we confirm our schedule.

Our Call for Presentation is now open for those interested in speaking!  We welcome talks of all knowledge levels.  If you wish to speak please send submit your application no later than 11:59 pm on Monday, January 8th, 2018.

If you have any questions about submitting a talk, or would like a mentor to help you through the process (or to even bounce ideas off of) please email us at!

Speakers will receive a free ticket to the Conference.  We will let you know if your talk has been been selected shortly after the deadline.


This years event will take place over 3 days.  When we confirm our schedule we will update it here.  For now the rough schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 2nd

4 pm – 10 pm – Social Event, Canucks Hockey Game vs Nashville

Saturday, March 3rd

8 am – 6 pm – The majority of our keynotes, talks, and tutorials will be during this time.

6 pm – A Saturday evening social.

Sunday, March 4th

9 am – 1 pm – More talks, tutorials and keynotes.

1 – 2 pm – Data Sprint Presentation

2 – 4 pm – Afternoon activity

4 pm – Sunday social

Data Sprint

This year we will have a Data Sprint (similar to a “hack-a-thon”) during the entire conference.  The data will be released on the Friday and final presentations will be early Sunday afternoon.  Check back for rules and more information.


Locations and dates will be confirmed at a later time.


Vancouver has an international airport about 45 minutes to downtown. If you are coming from the US make sure you have a valid passport. There are plenty of hotel and AirBNB options downtown. Public transit is excellent regardless of where you are staying but note Vancouver does not have any RideShare companies (ex: Uber). Most places downtown will be easy to walk from and parking is limited and/or expensive.


This event would not happen without the help of:

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All questions and comments can be emailed to us at or on Twitter.