Original Predators watching Western Conference Final run with pride

Original Predators watching Western Conference Final run with pride

Original Article: Original Predators watching Western Conference Final run with pride

As the Nashville Predators chart new hockey territory, the players that helped get them off the ground feel immense pride in what they helped create almost two decades earlier.

The inaugural Predators, who debuted in the 1998-99 season, knew there would come a day when their franchise reached the third round, and maybe beyond, of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Many thought it would come in less than the 18 years it has taken, but the delay is trivial now that the moment has arrived.

The Predators are in the 2017 Western Conference Final against […]

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Drake Berehowsky plays catch-up as Solar Bears’ new coach

Drake Berehowsky plays catch-up as Solar Bears’ new coach

Original Article: Drake Berehowsky plays catch-up as Solar Bears’ new coach

As Drake Berehowsky found out last week, it’s hard to sleep in a whirlwind.

Four years after coaching the Orlando Solar Bears in their first season in the ECHL, Berehowsky is back. After Anthony Noreen was dismissed 11 games into the season, Berehowsky was brought in.

He is playing catch-up.

“I got a phone call Sunday night [Nov. 13], made the decision Monday morning and I was flying out here Tuesday night,” said Berehowsky, a former NHL defenseman who had been coaching in the Ontario Hockey League. “One practice and a game [a 7-4 […]

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Wolves begin associate coach search

Wolves begin associate coach search

Original Article: Wolves begin associate coach search

The Sudbury Wolves are in no rush to replace associate coach Drake Berehowsky.

The local OHL franchise is determined to get the right person in place behind the bench alongside head coach Dave Matsos and will not be held to a hard deadline to replace Berehowsky.

“For us, there is no specific time frame, it is about finding the right person and the right fit, so that is our priority and we’ll do whatever it takes to find that person and the right fit,”  Wolves GM Barclay Branch. “We feel that the person we are looking […]

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New Schools of Thought

New Schools of Thought

Original Article: New Schools of Thought

Instead of copycats, we may see customized approaches to analytics as forward-thinking coaches rise up the ranks. Oke is a big proponent of Statstrack, an iPad app created by Sudbury Wolves associate coach and ex-NHL defenseman Drake Berehowsky and his sister Danielle. To them, controlling the puck and suppressing shots matter as much as generating the attempts, and Statstrack can depict how well teams and players do it.

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1990: An N.H.L. Draft Class to Remember

1990: An N.H.L. Draft Class to Remember

Original Article: 1990: An N.H.L. Draft Class to Remember

Long before he joined the analytics revolution gripping hockey, Drake Berehowsky (above, right) was just a defenseman looking for a job.

In summer 2004, after his 13th N.H.L. season, Berehowsky had just become a free agent, and he and his representatives unearthed some advanced statistics that they hoped would entice potential suitors.

“I was probably a better value than a lot of guys out there,” said Berehowsky, but no N.H.L. team agreed.

That research failed to land him an N.H.L. contract. But it did catalyze the development of an app that is on the vanguard of […]

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Student follows sports management dream with Otters co-op

Student follows sports management dream with Otters co-op

Original Article: Student follows sports management dream with Otters co-op

Connor Small has a game plan.

The Grade 11 Huntsville High School student said he plans to pursue a post-secondary education in sports management and decided one of the best ways to enhance his application was to gain some experience in the field.

So he has become the first Huntsville junior C Otters co-op student.

“It’s more directed toward general management, but if you were looking to do any co-op in hockey, I think this would be a good place to start because it is a pretty cool team to be behind,” said Small.

He […]

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Can Drake Berehowsky’s program change how we evaluate players? (The Hockey News)

Can Drake Berehowsky’s program change how we evaluate players? (The Hockey News)

Original Article: Can Drake Berehowsky’s program change how we evaluate players?

Advanced statistics have permeated hockey so much that they now reside on NHL.com in their own category. We don’t need to repeat how many teams have hired experts. But that doesn’t mean the numbers game won’t evolve again. As Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas once told me, hockey’s analytics are 20 years behind baseball’s. Sooner or later, someone will invent a more accurate way to track statistics like possession.

Is Drake Berehowsky that someone?

It’s been a long time since we saw Berehowsky, 43, manning a blueline. He last suited up […]

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Pro Hockey Players’ Entrepreneurial Power Play

Pro Hockey Players’ Entrepreneurial Power Play

Original Article: Pro Hockey Players’ Entrepreneurial Power Play

Check your preconceived notions about professional hockey players into the boards. The NHL is slowly emerging in the professional sports world as the premiere league for entrepreneurship.

From the ubiquitous Tim Horton’s franchise to the scenic Runaway Hill Club, the NHL has produced some of the most successful athlete-entrepreneurs to date. And that tradition continues to grow.

According to recent statistics, more than 78 percent of NFL players and 60 percent of NBA players file for bankruptcy within five years after retirement. While MLB players fare slightly better, professional baseball players still file for bankruptcy […]

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