Hello, Lowell

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As a result of a Decision™ with infinitely less media attention, I’m taking my talents to the Mill City and join the team over at the Lowell Sun.

I couldn’t be more excited to get started. The Sun is a quality paper, serving a one-of-a-kind community. And I’d be lying if I said the home fries at the Owl Diner didn’t heavily influence my decision.

Time to get back to work.

Why Trash Fancy Stats?

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After listening to debates between advanced stats expert Tyler Dellow and inarticulate Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons, I felt compelled to pen my defense of so-called “fancy stats,” and their increased role in decision-making in the NHL, on Medium. From my piece:

What appears to unnerve the anti-stats camp is the objectification of the sport. They take a folksy, “the only stat I need is two: my eyes” tone, striking fear in the casual fan and afternoon drive listener. The nerds are coming to sterilize the sport. What happened to good ol’ fashioned watching-the-game? What these talking heads are hiding, however, is a fear of objectivity. These nattering nabobs make a living off their opinions, and the prospect of room for subjectivity receding from the sport is deeply troubling. After all, how is one supposed to fill a four-hour time slot or a 500-word column on the offense effectiveness of a player implicated in trade rumors when a quick glance at a handful of metrics yields a quicker, more comprehensive, less bloviated answer. You could say he has no heart, plays “lone wolf hockey,” isn’t a competitor. But does his team score when he’s on the ice? Does the other team?

You can read the piece in its entirety here.

‘BU Inline: Inside the Fight’ Series

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My short-lived career as a member of the Boston University Inline Hockey team has come to a close, and thus, so has my BU Inline: Inside the Fight series. A direct send-up to HBO’s NHL 24/7 and NESN’s Behind the B, the three-part saga covers the prelude to the NCRHA National Championships in Aston, PA. Though we came out empty-handed, it was a hell of a ride.

And at the very least, it gave me an excuse to keep a mustache.

Biometric Line Changes? Interview with Angela Ruggiero

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Angela Ruggiero is an ice hockey defenseman with Team USA, four time Olympic medalist and World Champion, Harvard graduate and current Harvard Business School student. She participated in a sports innovation panel at Harvard Innovation Lab to discuss the future of wearable tech and biometrics in sports. I spoke with the star Olympian and Cambridge resident on what that means for hockey.