Practical Concerns: On Randomness, Risk-Taking And Coaching

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Something I set time aside for during the off-season is reading non-hockey books in an attempt to gain a better perspective on hockey. The work of Michael Lewis (Liar’s Poker, The Big Short, Boomrang) and Nassim Taleb (The Black Swan, Fooled By Randomness) were of particular inspiration.

Below are some assorted thoughts based on recent readings and events. Tweet me (@ML_Han) if you’d like to disagree and tell me why. Eventually I hope to spend some time talking about this or a tangential at the second edition of RITHAC this September.

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#RITHAC Recap with Slides!

After a wildly successful Hockey Analytics Conference at the Rochester Institute of Technology, I wanted to say a few words of gratitude to everyone involved.

First off, this means a huge thank you to all that attended and viewed online. I really appreciate you taking the time out of your weekend to come listen to us all wax on about hockey analytics and things we spend hours laboring on. I feel I can speak for all the speakers when I say, it really does mean a lot to see that support and encouragement. So, thank you.

Next, to Matthew Hoffman and Paul Wenger, both professors at RIT. Matt was instrumental in paving the way to make this happen. Paul was a big hand helping out with the live stream and time-stamping the presentations so quickly after the conference ended. Huge thanks to both of them. Great guys and they deserve a ton of thanks for this event.

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