In case you missed it, the Communications and Technology graduate program at the University of Alberta hosted a public lecture on hockey analytics this afternoon in Edmonton.
We had a great turnout in the classroom with people of various backgrounds in attendance. Along with hockey fans, there were members of the U of A faculty, students, bloggers and even employees of the Edmonton Oilers in the classroom.
I want to thank Michael Parkatti for his in-depth presentation of hockey analytics. Michael’s contributions to the field of hockey analytics have been extremely valuable and he continues to track game stats on his blog, Boys on the Bus. I really hope people left the session with not only a better understanding of hockey analytics, but also an appreciation for the work fans have done online.
My main motivation for putting this session together was to promote the field of hockey analytics and really showcase the kind of work hockey fans are doing online. Hockey analytics is still many years behind other sports in terms of tracking and collecting data. But there really is a lot of potential for continued growth and development of hockey information.
The most rewarding part about today’s session was the positive feedback we received online (over 950 views already!). I’m thinking we’ll have to do this again soon and possibly expand the speaker list and get a bigger classroom.
A big thank you to everyone who attended and to those that caught the lecture online. You can access the lecture in it’s entirety (above) or through Livestream.
I’ve also captured the tweets from attendees and online viewers using Storify.
Hockey Analytics and What They Mean for the Caps – Talk the Red
The Oilers Rig Picks of the Week – The Oilers Rig
Oilers at Red Wings, G68 13-14 – Lowetide
Questions following the Public Lecture on Hockey Analytics – The SuperFan