Examining the Groundbreaking Work of the NHL’s Latest Analytics Hire

August 26th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »
Last week, the Carolina Hurricanes announced an addition to their front office. Eric Tulsky, a hockey blogger whose credits include mainstream publications such as the Washington Post and appearances at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, will now work as an analyst for the Hurricanes.

Given that hire, it’s worth taking another look at Tulsky’s work to see exactly what he’s bringing to the ‘Canes organization.

One item is an impressive resume. From the Hurricanes’ official release on the hiring:

A Philadelphia native, Tulsky holds a B.A. in chemistry and physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from UC-Berkeley. He also conducted a two-year, post-doctoral study at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., and worked in nanotechnology for 12 years. Tulsky’s research has helped enable unique nanotechnology solutions to problems in DNA sequencing, solar energy, displays, and energy storage.

Tulsky was also one of the online analytics community’s foremost innovators.

The project that most people will be familiar with is his work on zone entries. Tuls ...

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