19th June 2015
We're excited to introduce a couple of fantastic enhancements to the Hockey Reference Player Game Finder. This tool allows you to search through game-level player stats for every NHL game since 1987-88.
The huge addition is the option to search by cumulative games, which allows you to search for statistics over a specific span of games. Use this option by selecting "Search for Cumulative Games" in the yellow section directly below "Search Form." This tool opens up capabilities to do informative searches never before possible on Hockey Reference. Here are some examples to give you the gist:
You'll also notice that we've added an option to search for games on a player's birthday. So you can now search for things like birthday Hat Tricks.
Or you can even combine these new features and find the players with the most career birthday goals or the most career playoff birthday goals.
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18th June 2015
With the 2015 NHL Draft coming up on June 26 & 27, we're happy to introduce a new tool to the Hockey Reference Play Index: The Draft Finder. Fans of our sites will find that this tool is similar to the ones found on Basketball Reference & Pro Football Reference.
With this tool, users can search through every NHL draft pick since 1963, utilizing a variety of filters and sorts. Users can set a custom range of years and specify things like position, team, birth country, round of selection, overall pick number and whether or not the player selected went on to play in the NHL.
Additionally, users can apply filters for what amateur program a player came from (whether this was the amateur team he was with at the time of the draft, or after the draft).
Here's a few sample searches for concrete examples of what the Draft Finder can do. However, you'll find this is merely the tip of the iceberg and we'd love it if you explore the options and let us know what you think.
We hope you enjoy this new feature.
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9th June 2015
Hockey-reference.com has added a section called "Amateurs," that contains information on Amateur Teams with alumni in the NHL.
The landing page for "Amateurs" shows all NCAA, Major Junior and Canadian College (CIS) teams with an alumnus who played in the NHL. Clicking on those teams will show a list of all alumni, and their career NHL stats.
For example, the major teams with the most alumni in the NHL are the Kitchener Rangers and Peterborough Petes. The NCAA teams with the most are Minnesota and Michigan.
In addition, each player page now displays which amateur teams that player played for, hyper-linked to that team page showing all of its alumni.
Please keep your eyes peeled for further updates built off of this data.
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8th June 2015
Hockey-reference.com has added a tab to each season page, showing the list of captains for each team.
In addition, the captain is now indicated in each team's roster, for any season, with a "C" next to their name.
The current list of all captains can be found here.
The captains for any particular season can be found, for example, here. To see a different season of captains, just change the year in the URL or use the next/previous seasons links on the page.
Each franchise also has a page which shows their all-time captains. For example, the Chicago Blackhawks' is here.
We've long had this info, but we hope these tweaks and additional pages make this info easier to access.
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28th May 2015
We're excited to introduce a new resource for our users to enjoy during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This new feature contains a game-by-game breakdown of how teams in any given situation fare in Best-of-7 series.
The page consists of a series of tables. The first one shows the home team's record in any given game of a series:
Regular games & overtime games are self explanatory. Closeout games cover any game in which a team has a chance to clinch the series. Elimination games are games in which a team is facing elimination. All Game 7s are both closeout games & elimination games, so we have zeroed out those rows.
The second table is a little more complicated, but features some really cool information once you get acquainted with how to read it. Using this table, you can see how a team's historical odds of winning a given series change with each passing game. For instance, road teams that win Game 6 to tie a series at 3-3, have gone 34-23 in Game 7. Teams that take a 2-0 series lead go on to win the series 87.0% of the time, etc. This table contains the history of every position a team could be in in a Best-of-7 series.
Beneath that behemoth of a table is a simple table with every franchise's record in Best-of-7 series. It's sortable, so you can see that the Canadiens have won the most series and that the Oilers have the best series win percentage.
Finally, the fourth table features every franchise's record in the all-important seventh game. The data is broken down into overall record, home record and away record. Of particular note, with a home Game 7 looming for the Rangers, is that their 7-0 record is home Game 7s is the best in NHL history. You'll also notice that the accompanying winning percentages contain hyperlinks. If you click on those links, they will bring you Play Index query results listing each of those games. So you can easily see all 7 of those Rangers home Game 7s, and then click through to the box scores, as well.
We also wanted to give quick mention to a few other recent additions, in case you missed them:
All-time comebacks from down 3-0 or 3-1
Every Overtime Goal in NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs history
We hope you all can enjoy this new feature as much as we already are at the office. And enjoy what's left of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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20th May 2015
We just wanted to quickly point out that we have added a new Frivolity to the site: Teams to win a Best-of-7 series after trailing 3-0 or 3-1. The Rangers recent comeback against the Capitals got us thinking about this, so we figured we'd add the list. Please stay tuned for more cool Best-of-7 series features like this in the feature.
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20th April 2015
We just wanted to briefly mention that we have recently added every overtime goal in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to our Frivolities section here. This section currently contains two tables. The first shows the goal scorer, date, team, opponent, OT sessions, final score and how much time had elapsed in the OT periods at the time of the goal. The columns in the table are all sortable in case you'd like to quickly look at OT goals scored for or against your favorite team or find the shortest/longest OT games.
The table on the right, meanwhile, lists the all-time individual leaders in playoff OT goals.
It should be mentioned that this is a comprehensive list of OT goals in Stanley Cup Playoff games between two NHL teams. It does not, however, include games featuring the NHL against the WCHL or PCHA. You may also notice a couple instances where the "winning" OT goal merely tied the game. This is because some early playoff series were determined by total goals, so a game a team held a lead in could go to OT in order to determine the series winner.
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15th April 2015
With playoffs season upon, we wanted to point out our 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs section. While it's mostly a shell right now, it will be a good bookmark for info as the playoffs get going. You can find schedule & results for every game, stats for every skater, goalie & team, as well as leaderboards.
There are also series preview pages to see how opponents match up with each other.
If you're more of a history buff, you can also take a skate down memory lane by checking out past playoff seasons, such as 2014 or 2013. Stats for series are also available, such as the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Links to all playoff seasons (and a list of champions, runners-up and Conn Smythe winners) are available here.
Other Stanley Cup Playoff resources include our all-time Leaders & Records section, list of frequent champions and our Player Playoff Finder tool. With the Player Playoff Finder, you can run all sorts of custom queries such as leading goal scorers, assists leaders, short-handed goal leaders and many others.
Our Team Game Finder & Player Game Finder also contain options to restrict your searches to playoff games only. You can search for things such as the most recent playoff hat tricks & team records in their playoff openers. It should be noted that our player game logs currently go back to the 1988 Playoffs.
We hope you enjoy these features and please let us know what you'd like to see in the future.
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10th March 2015
We've added a page on Hockey-Reference.com that shows the most teams played for in one season, and the most in one career. This table is available via our frivolities section, which can be accessed via the "more" tab towards the top right of the page underneath the search bar.
This list was inspired by Marc Arcobello's "accomplishment" this season. Arcobello recently became just the third player in NHL history to play for four teams in one season. Arcobello, who is a Yale graduate, got off to a hot start with his fourth team, Arizona, with 5 goals in his first 7 games.
He does have some work to do, however, in getting on the other "most played for" list. Mike Sillinger leads that with 12 different teams played for in his career.
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