I'm a huge fan of densely packed information. The Hockey News
my faithful companion, and the Barron's
market data tables filled
a void in my social life before the Internet. I have a new favorite, with
a bullet: Hockey Recap
, both a web
site and a subscription style daily newsletter. It aggregates just about
anything you can think of: production time (their own stat, how
long a player goes on the ice between points), milestones (who knew Jamie
Langenbrunner popped in #150 last night? Not the Fox Sports New York broadcast
crew) blogroll-like headline summary of hockey news, and highlighted per-game
statistics from every game played the previous day. Want to know who had
the most shots in the Devils-Senators game (Zach Parise, with 5, check
the yellow box) or which players are at the top of the points leaders board
(they're highlighted in the box scores as well). It's a perfect example of a
mash-up in front of the net, warped to the particular needs
of those of us who are data-driven.
Part of my unnatural proclivity to seeing the hockey world through
spreadsheets comes from my new boss, Executive VP of Global Sales
and Services Don Grantham, who has instituted the same kind of
data-driven discipline in looking at our overall customer engagement
(not to be confused with sales, which is a trailing indicator). Inspection
drives results, or at least analysis that precedes those results.
Jonathan Schwartz likes to quote Louis Brandeis
"Sunlight is the best disinfectant".
But he's never tried to fumigate a hockey bag.