Meet Brad Mills our new Chief Operating Officer!

Meet Brad Mills our new Chief Operating Officer!

We're proud to introduce you to Brad Mills our new COO! Brad joins HockeyData having spent the last 2 years with the worlds 4th largest and fastest growing software company, Salesforce.  A native British Columbian born in Terrace, Brad now calls Vancouver home.

During Brad's playing career he suited up for the Ft. Murray Oil Baron's (AHJL), Yale Bulldogs (ECAC), Trenton Devils and Utah Grizzlies (ECHL), Lowell/Albany Devils, Rockford Icehogs, and Binghamton Senators (AHL), and the New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks (NHL); in addition to earning a degree in Political Science from Yale University. 

Following a Journeyman career in which he played 34 NHL and 402 Minor Pro games, Brad joined Salesforce, named innovator of the decade by Forbes magazine, with the goal of building a new career in the technology space.

"HockeyData is the perfect blend of my two passions, technology and hockey. I'm thrilled about the opportunity to be joining this team at a time when we're poised for exponential growth." -Brad Mills, COO HockeyData 

Objectivity is Standard and Essential

In a field that loses value with subjective interpretation of events, the ability to provided consistent objective measurement is key. 

Below is how we define events in the context of data collection. 

Time on Ice

TOI: Total amount of ice time for every game situation (Even-Strength/Powerplay/Penalty Kill)

PP: Total amount of ice time on the Powerplay

PK: Total amount of ice time on the Penalty Kill

Shifts: How many shifts the player plays, used to find average shift length

Seconds Played: Used for Pass/60min and Point/60min calculations, etc.

Numbers and their power of language: How to use numbers to optimize strategy, usage, and players.

When Bill James started looking at numbers in baseball, it was not for the sake of numbers themselves but the stories they tell.

Everyone knows the often misappropriated saying of “lies, damn lies, and statistics” with how an individual can manipulate numbers by ignoring what does not fit. Numbers are no different than stories: people can see what they want to see if they try hard enough. However, numbers and stories are necessary in understanding what happened and making more informed, and therefore potentially better, decisions.

The game of hockey is a goal scoring contest; the team with the most goals wins. It can be broken down to it’s individual events like shots, penalties, hits, passes, and hits to gain a better understanding of what is going on.From this we can better understand how events relate to the teams and players that best drive wins, like we do here at HockeyData with numbers like our own THP.