Analytics

CrossIce offers complete Analytics for teams, all the way from Bantam up to Professional Hockey. What we also offer, different from others, are specialized player development analytics. First off, what are analytics? And why are they important?

Analytics offer insight, or rather, data, into various areas of a teams’ and players’ game, through the use of advanced statistics. The areas that these advanced statistics cover are extremely important, such as puck possession, creation of scoring chances, eliminating threats, and so much more. Nobody can argue with numbers- and when team personnel are presented with statistics surrounding game scenarios, not only can this be a part of pre-scouting opponents, but this is also a massive development tool! The faster we trouble-shoot weaknesses, the faster we improve. But before we properly trouble- shoot, we have to identify the underlying issues fast. Analytics offer this.

The world of analytics has its supporters and nay sayers. The real truth is, the game of hockey is very innovative and continually evolving every season and every month. Analytics are leading the way. Any edge in pre-scouting, team development, and individual skill development that teams can get, they are utilizing. The trick is to find the balance between programming players, while still allowing a maximum level of creativity in their games. That is why our Analytics surround game situations that occur frequently, and are more or less habits. Habits that allow for an increased impact on the game.

When many people hear Hockey Analytics, one of the first things that comes to mind is likely Corsi. Although crucial and not to be discluded, we are just scratching the surface with those.

Where CrossIce dives in deeper into the analytical world- is putting numbers behind important game situations, that many don’t have formulas for or even think to include. Often times our eyes lie to us, coaches get caught up in the emotions of the game, and the one look we do get during the game, happens so quickly that we may falsely diagnose our issues as a team. Math does not lie.

Some of the Analytics we accurately track in games on behalf of a team, includes the following:

  • Corsi/Fenwick Percentages (Team and Individuals)
  • Zone Start Percentages
  • Zone Exits and possession upon a zone exit
  • Zone Entries and the results from them
  • Graded Scoring Chances
  • Shot Locations
  • Position Specific Analytics (very detailed)

These can be done as total numbers from a team, or if we want to get more specific; as a line. If we break these down like so, this allows us to improve each lines’ chances of improving their performance as a unit.

One particular area that we truly pride ourselves on is innovating the player development analytics. This is where we break down forwards and defence- and collect data surrounding their habits in game scenario’s. Although specific, the analytics are yet broad enough where creativity/skill is permitted amongst them.

An example of a positional analytic for defensemen: Net Front Threats during a Shot Attempt. While a shot is being taken from the point or high slot, how often are D boxing out opponents in front of the net? And once the shot is taken, how often do opposing forwards get a secondary chance?

The insight that the position-specific analytics provides is second to none, and we have seen with numerous players how fast it helps them identify areas of missed opportunity and improvement. If you wish to find out more about our position-specific analytics, please contact us.