Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hockey-reference.com: The best historical NHL stats site on the internet

If you're even remotely like me, you've pored over hockeydb.com many times, reconstructing the careers of players you remember from your childhood. The numbers don't often match the memories...I wore #17 growing up because it was Jim Nill's number - anybody want to tell me why that makes sense?

Anyways, I've spent many days pulling data off hockeydb to run the statistical analyses I have on my site. But now hockey-reference has come in with way more and better stats, plus they'll let you grab portions of the database for all your exciting Excel spreadsheet work. Take a look, and I think you'll agree that Hockey-reference is the best NHL stats site out there today.



The site is good if you're following the trail of an NHL player, even only one game. HockeyDB is much better for following the careers of minor leaguers and others making similar claims. This is great here in Canada where people trot out the claim "I used to play Junior" like a trump card to settle all arguments (yet you never see them lace up the skates). Good for dealing with kid's coaches, obnoxious teammates and bar drunks. Cheers!
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