An Easy-To-Use, Easy to Track, Performance-Magnifying Stat for Minor Hockey Coaches

Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at the coaches site, current head coach of the West Van Warriors Academy U18 Prep Team, former MJHL coach of the year with the Winkler Flyers and assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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We’re coaching an age of statistics. Never before have minor hockey players been so obsessed with goals and assists – or, perhaps they always were, but these days they see enough importance in individual stats that they’re willing to ask their coaches to add missed assists to the scoresheet. You scowl. “It’s about the team!”

Of course it’s about the team, but you know what helps the team win? Goals and assists. And regardless of their motivation, hockey players want their contributions to success to be tracked forevermore in the annals of hockey history.

But we all know there’s a lot more going on with each goal and assist, and sometimes contributions to the offense aren’t tracked by traditional data points. Enter advanced analytics: from corsi to PDO to defended zone entries, analytics in hockey are finally catching up with baseball and other sports that track the details that contribute to success on the field.

Want to teach your players about the value they can bring to the team even if they don’t score all the goals?

What is Fenwick?

Fenwick is a statistic that’s:

Image courtesy of Maple Leafs Hot Stove

We’re coaching an age of statistics. Never before have minor hockey players been so obsessed with goals and assists - or, perhaps they always were, but these days they see enough importance in individual stats that they’re willing to ask their coaches to add missed assists to the scoresheet. You scowl. “It’s about the team!”

Of course it’s about the team, but you know what helps the team . . .

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