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Icings: Check Out Puck Prospectus’ Downloadable GVT Spreadsheet; Buy Their Book

27th September 2010

Here at Hockey-Reference, we're big fans of Puck Prospectus (soon to be Hockey Prospectus). I've corresponded with Tom Awad for years, and I think his Goals Versus Threshold (GVT) stat is clearly in the same discussion as baseball's WAR in terms of being the killer all-in-one stat for its respective sport. That's why I'm thrilled that Tom has uploaded his all-time GVT database (updated thru the 1st round of last season's playoffs) for public consumption. Check it out!

Also, once you do that, you probably will find yourself wanting to order the new Puck Prospectus book, available in hard copy or .PDF format. For my money, there's no better way to prepare for the upcoming season.

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Support, Sponsor a Page

15th March 2010

Sponsoring a page is fun, fast, and easy way to support what we're doing here at Hockey-Reference. With a sponsorship, you can:

  • Show your support for your favorite player or team.
  • Drum up traffic for your own site & draw in fans with a common interest.
  • Get some well-deserved recognition for your support of BBR.
  • Make your voice heard by the tens of thousands of people who visit Hockey-Reference every day.

Here's all you have to do to get involved:

  1. Create a membership account.
  2. Find the page(s) you'd like to support, and click "sponsor" (available pages).
  3. If the page you want is already sponsored, click "Alert Me!" to be informed when the current sponsorship expires.
  4. Follow the instructions to create your message and make your payment.
  5. Your message and links will be visible on the page after we approve them (usually in less than 24 hours).

And who knows, if you're clever enough, your message might end up on lists like these.

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No Follow Links on Some Sponsorships

3rd March 2010

Sports Reference has decided to add rel="nofollow" attributes to all links in and sponsorship messages. This change will take effect on or just after March 15. Sponsors will not have to edit their sponsorship messages, as this code will be automatically added to the messages by our software.

If you are unfamiliar with "nofollow" links, please read Google's comments on the "nofollow" attribute. Those who no longer wish to sponsor pages on and/or following this change may request a prorated refund of your sponsorships. Please give us the page sponsorships you wish to end, your username, and e-mail address via our our customer service website.

Thank you for your long-time support of Sports Reference.

Sean Forman, President, Sports-Reference LLC

Request a Refund via our customer service website

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HR News: Playoff Probabilities Report

20th February 2009

Today I would like to introduce a new feature, HR's Playoff Probabilities Report. The report will be updated on a daily basis from now until the end of the regular season. Although complete details will be kept under lock and key (for now), the method has been tried and tested: it was used to win the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown in both 2007 and 2008.

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2008-09 Daily Updates

10th October 2008

As of this morning, should be updating on a daily basis. Please let us know (via our feedback form) if you notice any missing stats, players who should have stats but do not, etc. Here are some known issues:

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Player Transactions

19th May 2008

This weekend I added transactions to the player pages. For example, if you go to the bottom of Paul Coffey's player page you will see a list of the transactions that Coffey was involved in. These transactions were parsed from the notes that appear at the bottom of the player panels in Total Hockey and The NHL Official Guide and Record Book. These transactions are not in full database form yet, so at this point it would not be easy to add them to the league and team pages. This is something I am going to work on, though, so please be patient. Parsing data is an inexact science, so if you see anything odd in the transactions on the player pages then please send me some feedback.

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Classing Up the Joint

25th April 2008

You may have noticed that most of the SR sites have a shiny new logo in the upper left-hand corner. We had been talking about getting nice logos for years, but the formation of the LLC this past December finally gave us the boost to actually get something done. In fact, when we got together at the Baseball Winter Meetings to sign the documents that offically formed the LLC, we met a graphic designer by the name of John Hartwell. John runs a company named Hartwell Studio Works. He has done a lot of sports-related work, including designing the logo of the Birmingham Barons, a minor league baseball team. We have been extremely impressed with John, not only with the finished product, but also with the professionalism he displayed throughout the process.

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Page Sponsorships

22nd April 2008

I just wanted to post a quick note to let every know that the page sponsorship system is up and (hopefully) running. Before you sponsor any pages you will have to sign up for a free Sports Reference account. If you already have an account through your sponsorship of pages on our other sites, then you can use that login information here as well. Please let me know if you have any questions or run into any problems. Now hurry up and go sponsor the page of your favorite player or team.

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Welcome to

15th April 2008

Hi, my name is Justin Kubatko, Vice President of Sports Reference LLC and the person in charge of creating You may already be familiar with the three other sites in the SR family:,, and I think it's fair to say that those sites are the top sites on the Internet for historical baseball, basketball, and football statistics, respectively. We had always wanted to do a hockey site, but things kept getting in the way: we didn't have enough time, we couldn't find a good data set, etc. Finally, toward the end of 2007 we negotiated a licensing deal with Dan Diamond and Associates, publishers of Total Hockey and the annual NHL Official Guide and Record Book. Now that we had the data, we had to go about creating the site. This is where it gets boring, so let me just say that lots and lots of Perl scripts were written (and re-written) and lots and lots of errors were corrected. The end result is what you see here today. So what exactly do we have?

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