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New Stathead Tool! Presenting the Hockey Span Finder

20th December 2022

We're excited to announce the addition of a new tool to Stathead Hockey: the Player Span Finder!

The Span Finder is one of the most powerful tools in the Stathead arsenal. It gives you the ability to search for combined stat totals over a span of games. For hockey, that means you now have the ability to search for things like the most goals in *any* ten game span.

Additionally, there are filters that give you the ability to narrow down your search, if you're looking for different kinds of spans. You can look for the start or end of a season, the start or end of a player's career, or the start or end of a player's time with a team or franchise. If someone gets traded and has a hot start with his new team, the Span Finder is the tool to use.

There are more filters to give you the ability to narrow by team, game circumstances, position, rookie status, and more. You can also toggle from regular season to postseason and look for spans in the playoffs.

If you've never tried Stathead Hockey before, now is the perfect time! The season is in full swing and the Span Finder will give you more ways to explore hockey stats than ever before. Learn more about Stathead Hockey, your all-access pass to the Hockey Reference database

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New Bot Filtering and Content Delivery Network for Sports Reference Sites

7th October 2022

Our devops department finished our move from AWS's Cloudfront Content Delivery Network (CDN) to Cloudflare's CDN this week. This will be undecipherable technical jargon to most of you, so I'll explain what it means.

When you request a page or file from the site, the request first goes to a CDN that is located geographically close to you and if a neighbor of yours (within several hundred miles) has requested the page earlier in the day, you'll get a cached copy of that page much faster than you would otherwise. If your neighbors are lame and don't use our site or just haven't visited that page, then the request will be passed on to our servers and we'll send you the page.

This has many advantages in that it takes a load off our servers and also makes things faster in general for our users the more the sites are used.

Cloudflare also includes bot filtering with this offering. It actively searches for badly behaved bots and proactively blocks them from our site. We are now utilizing this feature because we get scraped. A LOT. And if your bot is badly behaved then we don't want you impacting the performance of the site for our other users. We've gotten a number of emails around this this week as people who have been scraping us have found themselves blocked.

As of today, this filtering will remain in place for our:

  • Soccer/Football
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • College sites

We are turning off the active bot filtering on our baseball and pro football sites at this time. We will re-enable bot filtering the week after the end of their respective seasons.

What is a well-behaved bot? Please see our Data Use page and our Bot Traffic page for guidance. Note that if you are blocked by our servers, the blocks reset after 24 hours, so with some more polite settings on your bot you may be able to try again the next day.

We can not provide an API (per our data licensing agreements), and you should not view as a data provider (on par with SportRadar or Genius Sports). This is a role that we do not and can not support with company resources.

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New Tool Added to Stathead Hockey! Check out the Team Season Finder

27th July 2022

We're excited to announce that we've added a brand new tool to Stathead Hockey: the Team Season Finder. With this new tool, you can search for team stats on a season level, in addition to the game level stats in the Team Game Finder. Search through a range of team stats, covering everything from wins and losses to goals and shots, to power plays and penalty kills. Read the rest of this entry

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Update Alert! Check out the New and Improved Team Game Finder on Stathead Hockey

22nd June 2022

The latest update to Stathead is live! After making major improvements to all the Player Game Finders, we've turned our attention to the Team Game Finders, starting with Stathead Hockey. Read the rest of this entry

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Updates to Hockey Player Game Finder on Stathead

26th May 2022

We're excited to announce some cool new features that we've added to the Player Game Finder on Hockey Stathead. These changes bring a number of new changes to the tool, including totally new search types that expand the range of questions that you can answer.

The biggest change from this update can be found in the search types section on the top part of the tool. Where there used to be four options, now there's eight!

These new search types include:

-"Find teams with most player games matching criteria": A way to find which teams had the most players achieve a statistical threshold in a game the most times in a season

-"Find seasons with most player games matching criteria": A way to find which seasons had the most players achieve a statistical threshold in a game the most times that year

-"Find number of players on a team matching criteria in a game": A way to find games where the most players on the same team hit a statistical mark

With these new search types, you can answer questions like:
-What team had the most hat tricks in a season?
-What season had the most four-point games?
-What was the most teammates with multiple goals in the same game?
-What was the season with the most players having a goal and assist in a game?
-What team had the most games where a player had multiple points in a loss?
-What was the most player to play goalie for a team in a single game?

In addition, we've taken one of the old search types, "Find players with cumulative games in a season matching criteria" and split it into two options that are easier to use. Now you can select "Find total of all games in a season by a player matching criteria" to get a player's combined single-season statline for all the games that match the search or "Find total of all games in combined seasons or career by a player matching criteria" to get a player's combined multi-season or career statline for the matching games.

In addition to these big changes, we've made a lot of updates under the hood for a smoother and easier experience when using the tool. So give it a try today! And if you've never tried Stathead before, now's the time! Your first month is on us.

For those of you who use Baseball, Basketball, and Football Stathead, stay tuned for similar updates in the days ahead.

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Sports Reference Promotes Three to Director Roles

7th April 2022

Since the start of the year, Sports Reference has promoted three team members into director roles.

Jaclyn Mahoney, Director of Operations and Strategic Planning, leads our work on internal operations including our policies, procedures and our strategic planning. She started with SR as a data developer in early 2018.

Adam Darowski, Product Director, will lead Sports Reference's product development and product team. Adam was previously our Head of User Experience joining SR in late 2020.

Mike Lynch, Data Director, will lead Sports Reference's data work. He will lead both our internal data team and also independent contractors and our data vendors. Mike was previously our Stathead product manager. He joined SR in 2014.

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Rajeev Lekhwar Joins Sports Reference as SEO Specialist

9th February 2022

Rajeev Lekhwar, SEO Specialist, joined Sports Reference this week. Having worked for almost 2.5 years in the SEO Industry with brands like VWO, he moved to Sports Reference with a goal of keeping the upward trend moving. He is an avid cricket fan. You can find him on Twitter at @panditrajeev22.

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Hockey Stathead Adds New Search Filter Option

8th February 2022

We have been hard at work on making structural improvements to our databases so that Stathead will run even more smoothly for our users and we will be able to add many of the most requested new features in the years ahead. Late last year, we kicked off the product improvements from this process with the addition of player filters to many tools and some standardization of filters. Today we’re thrilled to begin the process of standardizing the search types available in our Player Season Finders by rolling out an enhancement to our Hockey Player Season Finder. Read the rest of this entry

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Seven New Hires for Sports Reference

1st February 2022

Over the past three months the Sports Reference team has grown significantly. We have made seven new hires in a variety of roles.

​​Nicolas Westin, DevOps Engineer, joined Sports Reference towards the end of 2021. He previously worked at Redhorse Corporation as a front-end engineer. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a big Wizards fan, and a casual Cubs fan.

Aidan Jackson-Evans, Customer Success, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. Originally from the UK, Aidan now lives in New England. He enjoys baseball history and trivia, and has written biographies for the SABR BioProject. He is a fan of the San Francisco Giants and the England national football team. Follow him on Twitter at @ajacksonevans.

Adela Armstrong-Spielberg, Engineering Support Coordinator, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. She was born and raised in the DC area, and now lives in Los Angeles after attending UCLA. She's growing into a Dodgers and Rams fan, but she would like to reassure her friends and family back east that she will always root for the Nats and Ravens first.

Ryan Walsh, Social Media Coordinator, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. Hailing from the great state of New Jersey, Ryan previously managed social media for Temple University and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, among others. He remains an ardent defender of the 76ers Process, and is also a fan of NASCAR and the WNBA. You can find him on Twitter at @RyanLWalsh.

Sara Halloran, Test Engineer, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. She attended Northwestern University and previously worked as a data scientist for the Milwaukee Brewers, during which time she became a casual Bucks and Brewers fan. Now Philadelphia-based, she is originally from New Jersey and also supports the Mets and NY/NJ Gotham FC, as well as Tottenham Hotspur and the United States women’s national soccer team.

Connor Zielinski, Social Media Coordinator, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. Growing up never more than 10 miles away from a Wawa, Connor grew up on the baseball fields with Taney Little League and Philly sports fandom. Connor previously worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Red Bull while down in Tampa for school. Catch up with him on Twitter: CTZee_.

Sam Nipatnantaporn, Digital Marketing Manager, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. She previously worked as a marketing manager at the Boston Red Sox and Worcester Red Sox. Originally from Nantucket Island, she now resides in Cambridge, MA and is a fan of all things Boston sports and mascots. Follow her on Instagram at @wsamnipat.

Join us in welcoming Nicolas, Aidan, Adela, Ryan, Sara, Connor, and Sam!

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Sports Reference is Hiring for Six Positions

13th October 2021

We've created a page to describe our hiring process.

We post our jobs through our page on breezy. Visit https://sports-reference-llc.breezy.hr/ to apply.

Currently open positions

We will be starting the phone interview process October 25th through November 12th.

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