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03-01-2014, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
Show me where TKA, GVA, HIts etc are defined to exacting degrees and with rigorous rink to rink standardization involved.
I don't know where you can find these definitions online. I read a blog article about it some time ago. It may have been by Willis.

Suffice it to say that a "hit" is body contact that results in a loss of possession or control of the puck. Puck possession is part of the requirement.

So, a lot of these thunderous bodychecks you are referring to - which occur after the puck is gone - are not "hits" per se. Hendricks' hit on Prosser the other night being one such example.

The force of it doesn't matter. It is whether the player on the receiving end is in possession, and the contact results in him losing possession.

I would imagine a book like the NHL Compendium would have the official definitions, but it is not available online that I am aware of.

In any event, since you are the one accusing the official record of being inaccurate, you bear the burden of proof here, and that includes proving the definition.

Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
Any research I have looked at on the matter point out how much variance there is in the stats reporting from one rink to another.
... but this wouldn't effect data within a team, since the same group of statisticians are always recording the TOI data at every Oiler game (whether this is at home or on the road). This discrepancy would only exist when you are comparing data between teams.

Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
Hockey stats, a large portion of them, are so much garbage. This not being baseball which is easily quantified.
As I've already said, TOI data is measurable with a high degree of accuracy, so long as enough people are watching and recording - which is in fact the case in NHL buildings.

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