When it comes to advanced stats and hockey analytics, the name “Don Cherry” doesn’t spring to mind as a torch-bearer.
But give the old guy this: He’s trying.
Eyebrows were raised when Grapes tweeted the following last week about the Toronto Maple Leafs:
“Randy Carlyle upset after the game against Minnesota. He knows you're living in a fools paradise. When you think you're playing well and win and get outshot 37-14. Some day your goalies are not going to be hot and carry you and then you're in trouble. Once you get in that groove of losing it's going to pull out of. I know, it happened to me in Boston. Get that ship straightened out. You still won but don't think that you're playing well.”
In his own adorably literal and blunt fashion, Don Cherry dipped his toe into the fancy stats pool on puck possession and unsustainable success for the Toronto Maple Leafs, stunning the hockey smarts in the audience.
But maybe they shouldn't have been stunned.
The truth? Don Cherry has been obsessed with advanced hockey stats for quite some time, and has developed several metrics through which he measures the success or failure of players and teams beyond the box score.
Puck Daddy has exclusively gained access to Don Cherry's secret guide to advanced hockey stats. Here's a look at how the NHL's most respected and accurate analyst checks and validates his opinions and theories.
Quality of Competition
Plus/minus against Original Six teams.
Named for former Toronto Maple Leaf and Kingston native Dougie Gilmour, it measures how much of a good Canadian kid a player is. Not to be confused with …
“Good Ontario Boy.” The sum of the On-Ice Shooting Percentage for the combined number of Ontario-born players on the ice at any given time.
Shooting percentage for a team when a given player is on the ice, divided by the number of women in that player’s locker room after the game.
The number of fights for a player per 60 minutes of even-strength team play.
“Checking Through Element.” The number of opponents you’ve concussed because they were dumb enough to skate across the blue line with their head down.
Even strength shooting percentage divided by the number of Sutter family members a given player has played with or played for.
Named for former New York Ranger, fashion icon and Ontario native Sean Avery, the avery indicator is a measure of how often a player violates The Code during a game. For example, an avery of 1.0 indicates that the player breaks the Code more than once per game. Matt Cooke’s avery dipped from a league-high 5.9 in 2011-12 to a league average 0.1 in 2013-14.
“On Rink Reaction.” The percentage of times a player scores a goal and doesn’t celebrate and/or acts like he’s been there.
Shots taken while the other team’s Euro pinko punk floats at the defensive blue line lookin’ to cherry pick.
Same as EuroFenwick, but the Euro pinko punk is also wearing a visor.
The number of points per 60 minutes of ice time by a team multiplied by the volume of sweat and tears shed and divided by the volume of blood spilled during that game.
Thanks to Leahy, Mooney, Lambert, Jen Neale and Dobber for the help...
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