Over the weekend of February 8-9, 2020, the Columbus Blue Jackets hosted their Hockey Analytics Conference (CBJHAC). Organised by Alison Lukan (@AlisonL) of The Athletic, the conference gave an in-depth look into the current state of the art in hockey analytics.
I was very fortunate to be able to attend with a million thanks to Peter Flynn’s (@pflynnhockey) hockey diversity initiative that he setup via hockey-graphs.com. I had the opportunity to share my approach to creating data visualisations using hockey stats, and here are my slides:
In my talk, I wanted to share how data visualisation can be a great way to get into hockey statistics for any skill level. The main takeaways were:
- Know the data you’re working with
- Use any and all tools available
- Ask and answer the questions important to you
- Make your visualisation compelling
Using this process, I provided the thought process into making my NHL Point Share Shells, which I’ve written about before here: Visualising team scoring across the NHL halfway through the 2019-20 season.
The video to my presentation can be found here (skip ahead to 7:43:45). The rest of the conference included many great presentations and discussions as well:
Thanks again to Alison, Peter, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and everyone else involved for putting on such a great event!