Saturday Nov 18, 2006

Hockey Recap

I'm a huge fan of densely packed information. The Hockey News is 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 with "Sunlight is the best disinfectant". But he's never tried to fumigate a hockey bag.

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