Original Six Analytics is a blog focused on hockey analytics. All work here was written by Michael Zsolt. I stopped writing online in August 2017 when I joined the Kitchener Rangers. As such, this website is no longer being updated – but please still feel free to reach out if you ever have questions or want to discuss any of the work I previously published.
For a bit more information about myself, I am a former athlete, having played hockey my whole life and also having played rugby at Western University and for U18 Team Ontario. I currently am the director of hockey operations for the Kitchener Rangers and previously have done consulting projects for other OHL / NHL teams.
I have almost a decade of experience in the business world, having worked in the areas of private equity investing and strategy consulting after graduating from the Ivey Business School at Western University. In those areas I learned a great deal about analytics, data visualization, decision-making, and leading people in organizations.
Most of the work on this blog was done in excel and was written while I worked in those fields. As such, the work follows the theme of ‘applying Wall Street concepts to the world of hockey analysis’ in areas such as player evaluation, contract values, salary cap management, WAR/GAR, and more. Having since expanded my coding skillset (R/Python/SQL), I would highly recommend that anyone interested in working in/learning more about hockey analytics spend the time to learn a programming language. I would be happy to talk about useful resources or offer help to anyone interested.
Please feel free to reach out at any time, with questions, comments or simply to introduce yourself:
- @michael_zsolt on Twitter