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Collecting The Data

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

What actually happened? What was actually important?

Those are water cooler questions that go back a long time. They’re also questions that hockey’s number-crunchers have been chasing for some time now.

The challenge in answering those questions, since day one, has been the quality of data.

But now a team of computer scientists, led by a figure skater from North Vancouver and a computer scientist from Iran, may finally have figured it out?

A host of hockey people and famous sports owner and tech billionaire Mark Cuban think so.

Craig Buntin knows so.

Buntin is the CEO of SportLogiq, the Montreal-based tech startup which is looking to change the way coaches, scouts, players, fans and broadcasters look at the game.

"Reaction's been everything from 'My God this has been what I've been waiting for for ten years'...the other half is 'this is a lot of data and we don't know what to do with it,'" he said. But, there's no doubt, Buntin believes, the enthusiasm is there and his team is ready for the challenge.


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Refs Have No Problem With Coach’s Challenge On Goalie Interference And Offside Leading To Goals

from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,

According to Stephen Walkom, officials welcome the rule change that brings a coach’s challenge to goalie interference, as well as offsides that leads to a goal.

“People don’t realize the referee probably makes at least 10 decisions relative to goaltender interference during a game: Did the goalie get bumped? Was it incidental contact? Did he get reset? Was it in the blue? Was it in the white? Was it intentional? Did he get pushed?” Walkom said. “It’s dynamic as anything.”

Walkom said that last season there were eight plays when the officials would have negated a goal had they been able to see it again. He said there were an additional two disallowed goals that should have been allowed.

“I see this year, if challenged, our guys getting those right,” Walkom said. “Those sort of egregious glaring errors that from the official’s view the first time around he got wrong and now if challenged he’s going to be able to get right.

“I see the next generation of officials coming along where huddling and correcting themselves becomes the norm. That wouldn’t have always happened 10, 15 years ago. Guys would be stubborn, wouldn’t want to admit when they’re wrong. But in this day and age with video technology, you’re going to have that. This season I think is an exciting development, another tool for our guys and something that can only help the game.”

more topics including the recruiting system for NHL officials...

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Your 2015 Lester Patrick Trophy Recipients

NEW YORK (Aug. 12, 2015) – Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and longtime scout Bob Crocker have been named recipients of the 2015 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

“By honoring Jeremy Jacobs and Bob Crocker, the Lester Patrick Award selection committee has recognized the dedication and drive of two important contributors to hockey in the United States,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Jeremy Jacobs – as owner for 41 years of the NHL’s first U.S.-based team and long-serving Chairman of our Board of Governors – has provided unparalleled vision, innovation and inspiration to the advancement of hockey and the NHL. As a coach, a scout and a hockey executive, Bob Crocker has devoted decades to the development of young American players. Congratulations to both on this long overdue recognition.”

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How About The Scotty Bowman Trophy?

via Renaud Lavoie tweets (roughly translated),

1/2 the NHL Coaches Association recommends to the League that the trophy for coach of the year named Scotty Bowman.

2/2 the Association recommends that the trophy for the GM of the year bears the name of Jack-Adams who has had success as general manager.

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The New Digital Deal For The NHL

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Think of how you consume baseball. Just like hockey, you have your national television packages and your regional networks. And many of us have the Extra Innings package on cable or satellite (Memo to Rob Manfred: You still need to fix the absurd and archaic blackout rules).

I would like to see the NHL include mobile streaming as part of its Center Ice package, just like MLB does with Extra Innings. You no longer pay extra to get games on mobile devices in baseball; the NHL has not included its often-clunky GameCenter Live when you subscribe to the TV package.

But go mobile now: MLB.TV is just flat-out super on your laptop or iPad. Full HD. Both teams’ broadcasts. Integration of box scores. Highlights from earlier innings. Same for the MLB At Bat app on your iPhone. You can see all the key plays of any game shortly after they happen.

In hockey, the NHL app is lifeless at times. Highlights on team websites too often lag during games. And a 15-second clip often runs after a 30-second ad. It’s frustrating beyond belief. You can’t follow a game on GameCenter Live and social media at the same time because the video lags well behind real-time.

The deal will have MLB taking over NHL.com and all the teams’ individual websites. It will have MLB running the NHL Network and the possibilities there are endless. “Quick Pitch” and “MLB Tonight” are must-see shows every day on MLB Network. On the hockey side, “NHL Live,” “NHL on the Fly” and “NHL Tonight” are shows you have to see but the production levels are outright amateurish and not close to the level of the solid on-air talent the NHL Network has.


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High Marks For The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Steve Wulf of ESPN,

The pride of a hockey fan is as obvious as the smell of a hockey glove -- only much more tolerable.

And that pride is reflected in the votes of our cognoscenti. They strongly feel that the selections the last few years have been appropriate (64.7 percent), an improvement over what's seen as the overall appropriateness of selections (52.9 percent). Alone among the major sports, hockey has only a three-year waiting period for voting, yet that feels right for the same percentage.

They have some quibbles about the voting process, and one even suggests taking advantage of the sport's passionate base by letting fans vote on candidates. But when it comes to rating the HOF on its legitimacy, 58.9 percent put down an 8, 9 or 10. That left hockey with a 7.5 rating, clearly the highest of the four sports.

read on about other sports and yes I noticed they misspelled 'Fedorov'...

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Phase II Starts For The Proposed NHL Team In Las Vegas & Quebec City Too

via VegasWantsHockey,

"We are pleased to report that the NHL has invited us to participate in Phase II of the application process. In this phase, we will be providing the League with additional information requested by it, including information about the Las Vegas market. We will also be permitted access to information provided by the League that it deems important to us.  We are hopeful that at the conclusion of this phase the league will invite us to participate in Phase III."

added 2:14pm,


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All About The Media Rights Partnership Between The NHL And MLB

NEW YORK (August 4, 2015) – The National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, today announced a groundbreaking digital media rights partnership. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred jointly announced the six-year agreement at NHL headquarters.

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The NHL/MLB Partnership

via Ian Thomas and Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Daily,

The NHL has signed a six-year partnership with MLBAM in which MLBAM and MLB’s overall media division will now operate the NHL’s digital operations, streaming services and NHL Network, according to multiple sources. The deal, valued at more than $1.2B over the course of the contract, will also give the NHL a 7-10% equity stake in MLB’s digital arm. MLBAM will take over operations of the websites of the league and its 30 clubs, all mobile applications, and its GameCenter Live streaming video service. The NHL had previously used NeuLion as its digital vendor for the past seven years.

MLBAM will also oversee NHL Network, moving the channel's HQ to MLB Network’s existing location in Secaucus, N.J. With the new deal, MLBAM will work with the NHL on programming and production, and pay the league approximately $100M a year in rights fees. The partnership will be formally announced during a conference call this afternoon hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL COO John Collins, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB President of Business & Media Bob Bowman.

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A Relationship Between The NHL And MLB Is About To Begin

WHAT: Media availability via conference call to coincide with announcement of a groundbreaking new partnership between the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 3:00 p.m. ET

WHO: National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman
Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred
NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins
MLB President, Business & Media Bob Bowman

via DJ Bean tweets,

Per a source, MLB's Baseball Advanced Media will take over NHL's web ops, apps, streaming video, etc. in 2016. Announcement tomorrow.

Baseball Advanced Media is a giant of sorts. Also does HBO Go, among other things. This is viewed as very good news for NHL.

Only real question is what working with a competing league will mean for NHL.

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