From a desert, from the driest continent, from this land at the opposite end of the globe ...

... as remote as could be in the hockey world ...

... came one of the world’s oldest winter sports trophies.

A cool tradition, a dream of champions, and a story we owe it to our children to tell.

Legends of Australian Ice.


Deconstructing Team Performance

We have included Ryder's dynamic charts of NHL Player Contribution (PC) to team wins for those who would like to learn more. In the chart below, orange is PC from offense, blue is PC from defense; and red is PC from goaltending. To get a lot of PC points one needs to both (a) play a lot and (b) play well. As (a) and (b) tend to be highly correlated, PC is also a measure of "talent". As a rough rule of thumb it takes about 100 PC points for a skater to be an all-star candidate (the story with goaltenders is different). At 80 points you would consider a skater to be a team star, 60 is a team leader, 40 is a solid contributor and 20 is a weak link or a role player.

Select and deselect the checkboxes to show players in each individual position, for any individual team, for a conference, or for the whole league. Turn the goalie checkbox [G] off. Look separately at the group/s of forwards (C = centre, L = left wing, R = right wing) and defenders [D] to see how they rank and their comparative 2-way contributions to offense and defense.

As we have noted, skaters at this elite level play offense and defense simultaneously. The puck is a slippery little sucker. Puck control is very challenging and turnovers happen all the time and so offense and defense overlap in this sport. Players have concurrent roles and need to be constantly assessing both offensive and defensive opportunities and risks. Forwards have an offensive bias. Defensemen have a defensive bias. But the concurrence still prevails. One cannot truly separate offense and defense in hockey.

2010-11 NHL Season Standings

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