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Welcome to Hockey-Reference.com

Posted by Justin Kubatko on April 15, 2008

Hi, my name is Justin Kubatko, Vice President of Sports Reference LLC and the person in charge of creating Hockey-Reference.com. You may already be familiar with the three other sites in the SR family: Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, and Pro-Football-Reference.com. 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?

To paraphrase an old quote, talking about this site is like dancing about architecture, so I would recommend that you quit reading about this site and start getting lost in it. After you have had some time to look around, we would love to hear your comments, either in the comments section below or through our feedback form. We feel that we have set the bar pretty high with our other sports sites, and we want to bring Hockey-Reference.com up to that level as well. With your comments and suggestions, I feel confident that we will. Enjoy the site!

21 Responses to “Welcome to Hockey-Reference.com”

  1. Dickie Dunn Says:

    This is a great look -- much cleaner and easier to navigate than hockeydb.

    Some questions though --

    Are you looking at acquiring WHA data at some point?
    Are you planning on doing a minor league page like baseball and basketball-reference have (or international tournaments like the Olympics, World Cup, Canada Cup, etc?)

    So far so good...I enjoy these sites a lot and am happy hockey has been added.

  2. djl Says:

    Absolutely love the site, Justin. It\'s fantastic to finally have hockey stats in CSV form.

    One thing I\'d like to see is some kind of normalization by era, much like the normalized stats at bb-ref. Of course, I hesitate to even ask for that because you\'ve provided so much already.

    Thanks again.

  3. Chase Says:

    Congrats, JK.

  4. SB Says:

    I\'ve been waiting for this site for a while, and it\'s just what I was hoping. Great job ^_^

  5. Jason W Says:

    Well done! Been looking forward to this for a while.

    Next up: nascar-reference.com? :)

  6. BuffloSoldier Says:

    Thank you kindly, gents.

  7. Scottie Says:

    Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

    Thank you beyond words.

  8. Will Says:

    Looks great. The thing I would really like to see is in depth game logs for individual players and team game logs (shots for, shots against, # of penalties, penalty mins, power goals, power play opportunities, etc.).

  9. Jeff Says:

    This is awesome - great work. One of the elements of the baseball site I love is the info on hall of famers, and the odds of current players getting into the hall of fame. Any plans to add that at some point?

    Again, congrats on the launch and keep up the excellent work!

  10. jk Says:

    I appreciate the feedback. Three quick answers to questions that have been posed:

    (1) Are you looking at acquiring WHA data at some point?

    (2) Are you planning on doing a minor league page like baseball and basketball-reference have (or international tournaments like the Olympics, World Cup, Canada Cup, etc?)

    (3) One of the elements of the baseball site I love is the info on hall of famers, and the odds of current players getting into the hall of fame. Any plans to add that at some point?

    (1) Yes.

    (2) Possibly.

    (3) Yes.

    Please understand that this site will always be a work in progress, so you may not see some of these things for a while. However, we will do our best to add things in a timely manner.

  11. J Money Says:

    Outstanding. I\'m thrilled H-R is finally up and running to join the reference site family. Well-done.

  12. Eric Says:

    Adding international data: Canada Cups/Olympics/World Championships would be a good addition, so I second that suggestion.

    Eventually, detailed game logs would be great, but I can see that as being a big undertaking.

    What about adding a GWG column to the individual game results, right next to the streak column or notes column?

    Similarly, could home record and road record columns be added, with updates after each game result? That way someone could look to see how a team is doing at home/road at any point in a season.

  13. Andre Says:

    Love it.
    My new reference for hockey. I\'m afraid you\'ve outdone HockeyDB now.

    I guess I\'m asking the same question as above...any chance of including individual gamesheets??

    Would be unbelievable to see (goals, penalties, attendance, refs, PP%, and individual G/A/+-/PIM).

    A lot of work but it would guarantee you be the top name in Hockey research.

  14. DK Says:

    Amazing work. Thank you.

  15. Dale Says:

    Amazing work, you guys are geniuses!
    Thank You!

  16. MaxWebster Says:

    Echoing all the praise - tremendous work, and thank you. 2 requests:

    Enhancement request: I would love to see even-strength goals added to individual statistics (and included as a search criteria).

    minor Player Search request (btw, this feature is an absolute powerhouse): If I\'m making a request for say, \"Best +/- (>=50) in a season\" - it would be nice to have the default sort criteria be +/- and not have to manually set that.

  17. Dickie Dunn Says:

    One thing that doesn\'t work is searching negative plus/minus statistics in Power Play. It leads to an error (probably because of the minus being listed). The site is awesome though -- keep up the great work overall, Justin!

  18. jk Says:

    Dickie, I fixed the problem with the PSL Finder in Power Play. As you guessed, it was an issue with entering a negative value in the criteria box.

  19. Luke Says:

    Awesome site!!

    Small question: Can you somehow sort the city of birth places?

  20. jk Says:

    Small question: Can you somehow sort the city of birth places?

    When you view the players born in a particular state or province (e.g., Massachusetts), you can click on the headers to sort the table, so just click on "Birth City" to sort that column.

  21. Scott Says:

    Terrific! I've been waiting for this site ever since I came across baseball-reference.com years ago.