GTD Hockey Analytics Pt. 6: WAR With DTMAboutHeart

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This is part six of a multi-part series tackling the nitty-gritty of hockey’s newest statistics. Episodes will be released every Wednesday.

Check out Episode 1: Goaltender Statistics with Ian Fleming here
Check out Episode 2: Data Visualization with Sean Tierney here
Check out Episode 3: Tactics and Video with Rachel Doerrie here
Check out Episode 4: Professional Analytics with Matt Cane here
Check out Episode 5: the Passing Project with Ryan Stimson here


It’s one of the newest additions to the world of hockey statistics: WAR, also known as wins-above replacement. We talk to the man who created the stat to figure just how to determine a player’s WAR or GAR (goals above replacement). He also explains how to use it and where it’s best.


Dawson has exploded onto the hockey analytics scene. After months of teasing audiences with snippets of his WAR model, he’s finally released the full version, as well as a five-part explainer. It’s the best single metric hockey has to date, and is undeniably vital to progression of the statistics.  You can follow him on Twitter @DTMAboutHeart

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Colton Praill
I host my own radio show across Manitoba, CA. When I’m not regaling you with whimsical stories, I’m writing, podcasting, or lamenting the woes of Arsenal, Detroit Lions, and Ottawa Senators fandom.

Nick Seguin
A brand marketer by day, a writer by night. Nick is a lover of all things hockey and a die hard fan of the Detroit Red Wings. With contributions to multiple blogs, Nick is continuing to marry his two passions: writing and hockey.

Graham Anderson
I’m a recent Brock University grad and a huge Blue Jays and Wild fan. I spent two years in the UK and am happy to be back in London Ontario for the 2016-17 MLB playoffs and NHL season.

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