The 2004-05 NHL lockout effect on attendance

Cam Charron
October 16 2012 02:29PM

Which NHL markets benefit, attendance-wise, from the lockout of 2004-05?

First team that comes to mind is Pittsburgh. There was more hype surrounding that team than any. They got Sidney Crosby, who was going to play with Mario Lemieux, a drastic turnaround from the bankrupt team that was entertaining relocation possibilities from before the lockout. 

It's obvious, in looking at NHL attendance data between 2001-2008 that the league as a whole did much, much better overall thanks to the lockout. I have to wonder if fans would be able to stomach a second season, however, the work stoppage did save a few markets.

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NHL offers the players a 50/50 split

Jonathan Willis
October 16 2012 11:21AM

According to multiple reports, the NHL has made a new offer to the players’ association during their meeting today. One portion the proposal is the offer of a 50/50 split of hockey-related revenue with the players.

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Individual Point Percentage on the Power Play (2008-2012)

Scott Reynolds
October 16 2012 07:59AM

Photo: Beanhugger/Wikimedia/CC BY 3.0

Over the few days I've been talking about individual point percentage (i.e. the number of times an individual player gets either a goal or an assist compared to the number of total goals-for scored while he's on the ice) during five on five play. Of course, there are also a significant number of goals scored on the power play, and so today I'll be looking at the individual point percentages for forwards at five-on-four.

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Withdrawing from Eastern Europe: A Shift in Which Leagues are Producing NHL Draft Picks

Derek Zona
October 15 2012 03:51PM

NHL Draft Floor
Photo by Bri Weldon, via Wikimedia Commons

Lockout talk dominates every level of the hockey world, so we're doing our best to avoid it at all costs.  My focus this week is on the NHL draft, specifically the last 10 years.  I'll poke and prod the data in search of interesting conclusions and trends.  After the break, I'll lay out the raw data.

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Individual Point Percentage for 2008-2012

Scott Reynolds
October 15 2012 09:06AM

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Late last week, I wrote about individual point percentage, and specifically about the individual point percentage of forwards during five-on-five play in the 2011-12 season. As a brief refresher of the concept (for those who don't like clicking through), individual point percentage is a calculation of the number of times an individual player gets a point (either a goal or an assist) relative to the number of total goals scored while he's on the ice. So, for example, if a player is on the ice for fifty goals-for during five-on-five play over the course of the season and he gets a point on forty of them, his individual point percentage would be 80%.

The idea is that this statistic will tell us which players were driving play in the offensive zone. One of the problems is that, because of the small sample size at the level of the individual season (no player was on the ice for more than 87 goals-for), the results are swamped by luck, which is how you end up with Kyle Brodziak and Matt Halischuk finishing second and third respectively. In order to move the conversation forward, I think we need to have a better sense of how players do over several seasons, which should help to deal with the sample size problem, and give us a sense of what a reasonable range of looks like.

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