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Beta Play-by-Play Stats Now Available for Players on Hockey-Reference

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on June 5, 2014

We are beginning to release some new stats on Hockey-Reference that we are lumping together into "Play-by-Play Stats". In this initial release, we are including basic counting stats on the player level -- like Hits, Blocks, Takeaways, and Giveaways -- as well as possession stats like Corsi and Fenwick.

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We intend to provide a full introduction to all of these new stats on the site before they come out of beta, but for now take a look at this article over at Grantland. These stats come with a few of caveats, which is why they are being released as "beta":

  1. There are a few games missing from the data that we are working to remedy.
  2. This release only includes individual players. Teams and a Play Index are under development.
  3. Corsi and Fenwick numbers are not scaled to 60 minutes as is standard. These will be added in the future.
  4. The Corsi/Fenwick numbers are only provided for Even Strength situations. Other situations (e.g. SH, PP, 5-on-5 close, etc.) will be provided in the future.
  5. This data only goes back to the 2007-2008 season.

To see these new stats, simply go to a player page of someone that has played since the 2007-08 season and click on the "Additional Stats" tab in their NHL Stats table:

Additional Stats

With that in mind, we welcome any feedback and look forward to expanding this area significantly in the off-season.


4 Responses to “Beta Play-by-Play Stats Now Available for Players on Hockey-Reference”

  1. Neil Paine Says:

    Whoa, nice! I'll have to dig into these.

  2. Scottwood Says:

    Great idea.

    I'd look into corsi or Fenwick relative to teammates (ex. Corsi Rel) in addition to zone start % and quality of competition to provide a more complete picture of their possession stats and the player's usage.

  3. Hans Van Slooten Says:


    Yep, we fully intend to include Corsi Rel, Corsi Rel QoC, Zone Starts, and TOI adjusted possession stats. We will be incorporating all of that over the off-season.


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