What’s this blog all about?
To sum up, my goal is for this blog to become a meeting place for fans of ice hockey. Primarily UK fans, as I have noticed that there isn’t really a UK-based site dedicated to NHL goings-on (correct me if wrong though!) but basically any fans who drop by – Europe, North America, Australia, Asia, wherever – you are all welcome.
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I will talk about any ice hockey news that I deem worthy of discussion, obviously with particular note to the NHL but also any other league – the KHL, the SEL, the SM-Liga, the EIHL, etc. Obviously some of my articles will have an Oiler tilt to them, that’s the nature of me being a fan, but I will endeavour to include newsworthy items about all teams.
Being a sports fan in general, I may also mention Rugby, the Olympics (how good are TeamGB?! Ok, got that out of my system for now), football (very occasionally), field hockey, and anything else that might be of interest to sports fans.
I will also analyse various players around the NHL at times. One thing that is taking hold in North American based blogs is advanced statistics. If any of you have been to these blogs, such as Copper N Blue, Behind The Net, Lowetide, OilersNation (and the brilliant Nations Network by extension, which includes NHL Numbers), etc., then you will be aware of these, likewise if you have seen the baseball movie (or read the book) “Moneyball”, starring Brad Pitt. Basically advanced stats are a way of looking deeper into hockey games. Everyone knows the basic stats of goals, assists, points, PIMs, +/-, etc. However, for the last few years several bloggers have been developing some terrifying new ways of showing you how a player you thought was good, is actually complete crap (hello, Jack Johnson); conversely, if you thought a player was a complete lazy tool, he is proven to be highly efficient and effective hockey player (take a bow, Dustin Penner). The work they do is absolutely astounding, and will possibly eventually change the way that hockey coaches and GMs approach the game. A lot of people prefer to ignore such stats, calling anyone who uses them stat-geeks or nerds, and saying “have you never watched hockey?!” However, these stats are actually gleaned by people watching the game. They are best used when combined with what you see on the ice.
DON’T FEAR THOUGH! I will not be giving lectures in every second post about maths and how “so-and-so’s CorsiRel is influenced by his TOI/60″ or whatnot. I will mention these stats now and again, to backup what I know of these players and to show how he does or does not help his team, but this will never be a maths lesson!
I hope to engage with other ice hockey fans around the world, again with a slant towards UK people as I am very interested to hear your stories of why you became NHL fans. Please comment and join in the conversation!