How to Win #Flames1stGoal

One of the most universal human experiences involves logging onto Twitter and making a guess for the Calgary Flames’ #Flames1stGoal contest. Every single game day, you select a player in hopes of being right, and more importantly, scoring those coveted tickets to a home game. There are many strategies for picking the first goal scorer. [...]

Inside the Boxscore: 2016-2017 NHL Season

With the abundance of metrics tracked in an NHL game nowadays, analyzing and understanding the data itself is a difficult task. With the fluidity in the sport of hockey, many different stats, methods, and models are applied in hopes of providing valuable insight. The challenge in presenting data to promote meaningful discussion is that it [...]

Behind the Bruise: Evaluating the Force of a Blocked Shot

Introduction One of the most fundamental aspects of engineering mechanics is the study of moving objects. Referred to as dynamics, this area of study aims to determine and predict the behaviour of various bodies as they move, accelerate, collide, and deform. This applies directly to hockey in many ways including the physics behind shots, passes, [...]

Visualizing Versteeg’s Shootout Prowess using 3D CAD

In Which Versteeg Was Our Biggest Shootout Blessing You can’t reminisce on the 2016-17 season without thinking about just how good Kris Versteeg was for the Calgary Flames in the shootout. A dreaded way to end any hockey game, Versteeg took matters into his own hands and put on shows that made staying until the [...]

High-stick? Scientific Analysis of Nate Thompson’s “Goal”

Introduction The Flames let a 4-1 lead slip away last night which ultimately resulted in an overtime loss and left their season in serious jeopardy. Reactions around the league are all over the spectrum: most Flames fans are screaming over a questionable goal that was under review for a high-stick, most Oilers fans are telling [...]