Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Globe on Hockey

My first contributions to Globe on Hockey, the newspaper's new general discussion hockey blog, are up on-line this afternoon (here and here). The group is made up of a who's who of Canadian sportswriters, including Eric Duhatschek, Ken Campbell, Mike Brophy, Al Maki, Bill Houston and Tim Wharnsby. (Needless to say, I'm the little fish in the pond.)

It's quite a different forum than what happens here, but I hope (a) to see some familiar faces wade into the comment section and (b) that the site can become a welcome addition to the ever-expanding hockey blogosphere.


At 6:09 p.m., November 01, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I've never heard of any of them. They're in your house now, James!


At 12:53 a.m., November 02, 2006, Blogger sager said...

Give 'em hell, James!

At 8:32 a.m., November 02, 2006, Anonymous rob said...

congrats James. bookmarked; i'll be checking it daily.

At 1:29 p.m., November 02, 2006, Blogger ninja said...

Great stuff. The three year comparison is key.

Sure hope you continue to cross-post to here.

At 5:13 p.m., November 02, 2006, Blogger Vodka Boy said...

just a note about % of PPI vs TOI - shouldn't you normalize somehow to account for the total amount of PPI changing year to year? i.e. if powerplays double from last year the average % of PP ice time would double too.

oh... and congrats!

At 5:32 p.m., November 02, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Definitely, power plays are way up and that's helping boost the numbers — but on the high end you're seeing a jump that's far bigger than just the increase in power plays. Ilya Kovalchuk, for instance, has only seen his percentage of power play time go up around 2.5 per cent since 2003-04, while guys like Hamilton and Hutchinson are as much as 18 per cent higher than the top players in the category that year.


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