Saturday, January 16, 2010

Book Review: HockeyNomics by Darcy Norman

Book Review: HockeyNomics by Darcy Norman

HockeyNomics {Lone Pine Publishing}

Norman delves into the world of hockey statistics like no hockey book has done before. It is an interesting spin and thought-provoking dissection of hockey numbers. He attempts to take hockey fans to a place similar to where the much acclaimed Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game took baseball fans.

HockeyNomics explores various questions not just based on opinion, but based on unique statistical analysis. In the process, the reader is often left to draw his own conclusion from the data presented. In each exploration, however, Norman has achieved what I believe to be his main goal – to challenge the reader to think outside the box and realize the daily box scores and scoring leaders far from tell us the whole story.

Here are just some of the hockey stats adventures Norman takes the reader on:

*99’s 92 goal season – Best Ever?

*Is all-time shutout leader Marty Brodeur overrated?

*Will Ovy8 or SC87 have the better career?

*Which NHL teams are best at the draft?


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