Thursday, November 20, 2014

SRS Ranking CSDHL PeeWee Teams 11-20-2014

By CAYH Editor

Well the experiment with in season power rankings was a hit! But I don't have to tell you that. Since it is much easier to do now that everything is set up, I went ahead and ran the SRS on the Central States Developmental Hockey League's two PeeWee divisions - minor ('03) and major ('02).

If you need a refresher on the SRS, head to the introductory blog on the CSDHL Squirts. If you don't need the background, here is what the column headers represent:

MOV - margin of victory
SOS - strength of schedule

One change of note, there were far more blowouts at the PeeWee level then there were are Squirt, and I instituted a 6 goal cap on the differential mitigate the impact of blowouts on the SRS ranking.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Who wants to score MORE?

A PAUL LUBANSKI GOLDMINE Of Critical Scoring Tips & Information

"Another MUST READ For Coaches, Players & Parents At ALL SKILL & ABILITY Levels... This Is Lubanski At His Best!"

By Paul Lubanski

Today's effort consists of subject matter near and dear to each and every player that has EVER laced-up the skates for competitive play. Yes, even some netminders--most especially in recent years.

Can you guess what I may be referencing?


More specifically--how to SCORE more consistently.

So please enjoy and UTILIZE the following tips and advice gleaned from nearly a half century of playing against and with--as well as coaching and observing some of the most talented youngsters in the world.


SRS Ranking CSDHL Squirt Teams 11-18-2014

By CAYH Editor

I decided it was time to try a little experiment with in-season power rankings. So the first step is to pick a system to use. I looked at, but don't particularly like the additive system they use for SOS (Strength of Schedule) and the results it produces. A different system has the added advantage of being, well, different.

KRACH is a system that is used in college hockey. While it looks fantastic, the system requires some pretty intimidating math for someone with a liberal arts degree. KRACH also needs at least 30 games to get itself sorted out, which makes it less useful for an in-season ranking system for youth hockey. So I settled on a system used by pro and college football analysts that is called Simple Rating System or SRS. defines SRS as "a rating that takes into account average point differential and strength of schedule". It has the advantage of producing results that are easy to interpret, and it is a predictive system rather than a retrodictive system. Essentially that means we can use the rankings to help determine relative strength between teams, or to evaluate the likelihood of one team beating another. Another benefit of this system is that you can fire up Excel and reproduce my results, if you are so inclined.

In the table below, I have calculated the SRS for the Central States Developmental Hockey League (CSDHL) Squirt division. Only league games are used in order to streamline the procedure, and no tournaments have been included. I chose Central States because the NIHL regular season has just begun, and there are not enough games to calculate a regular season SRS. Using the SRS system monikers, MOV stands for margin of victory but hockey people would call it goal differential. SOS is strength of schedule of course, and SRS is the ranking itself. SRS = MOV + SOS.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bauer World Invite Chicago 2014 Results

By CAYH Editor

Well the World Hockey Invite 2014 presented by Bauer didn't treat the AA teams from the host state too kindly. In related news, five Michigan teams claim bauer world invite titles. Ok ok, only two of those were in the Tier 2 divisions.

At the '05 Elite level, there were inexplicably two AA teams in with the AAA teams. The Bruins #1 and Huskies Squirt #2 (TWO!) finished 5th and 6th place respectively in the bracket.

Things were a little better over in the '05 AAA level (love the way Bauer/Chicago Mission names these divisions ... not disingenuous at all), where the Hawks made it through to the semis before losing to the eventual champion MT Celement Wolves. The Bruins #2 and Vikings did not escape the round robin.

At the '04 AAA level, both the Falcons and Bruins made it through to the quarter finals, and the Bruins advanced to the semis. The Hawks, Ice Dogs, Blues, Stallions, Jets, and Rockford did not advance.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tournament: Bauer World Invite Chicago 2014

Ice! Ice! My kingdom for a sheet of ice! Unfortunately it is going to take more than money or fame to get on the ice this weekend. Chicago is proud to host the World Hockey Invite Tournament 2014 presented by Bauer from November 7-9.

AAA (but mostly AA) teams from all over the world compete at Squirt through the Midget Minor level at rinks throughout the area.  Since you aren't playing hockey, go out and just watch a game at a nearby rink.

Check out the tournament website for schedules:

Good luck to the following teams in the universe that we cover:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Teams That Got Bamboozled By NIHL Seeding

By CAYH Editor

How do I put this politely? I mean, this is a family friendly place, I can't just come out and say it. A handful of Tier II teams came out of the NIHL seeding round deserving better treatment than they got at the hands of the powers that be.

Let's first turn our attention to the St. Jude #1 Squirt team. They went 7-1 in seeding in the Gold B group, good enough for the highest points at 14 among the 16 teams in both brackets. Further, the team potted 30 goals while allowing only 8 to yield a differential of +22 ... also tops among Gold B teams. Surely this was worthy of moving up to Gold A for the regular season? After all, about 10% of teams used to move up or down after the seeding round any given year in NIHL. Where did they wind up?

Gold B. Tier 1.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PARENTS: Guidelines For Evaluating Your Coach

By Paul Lubanski

Recently, I was interviewed for a nationally syndicated radio program with an audience that stretches into the millions. On that show,I was asked what I thought parents across-the-globe should be expecting and seeking as it relates to both the effort and abilities of their respective child's coach. In other words, how to assess said coach--REGARDLESS of whether he/she is in a paid or volunteer situation--and, REGARDLESS of age or skill level of the participant.

Great question! And,the topic of which I will address in today's blog post.

In my opinion, there are three UNIVERSALLY basic questions that need to be answered by your child each and every time he/she returns home post a game, practice or skill improvement session or activity.

It should be noted that the queries I am about to pose--literally transcend sport and culture around-the-world. So, here they are:

Monday, October 27, 2014

NIHL 2014 Regular Season Tiers: Bantam

The Bantam level saw an increase of 6 teams year over year. Metallic level inflation continued at Bantam which saw an increase of 1 elite team and 3 gold teams. What was Gold Tier 1 and Gold Tier 2 last year was merged into one Gold bracket this season.

Here are your NIHL regular season tiers* at Bantam for the 2014-15 season (*unofficial until Tuesday):


Bloomington #1
Blues #1
Bulldogs #1
Chargers #1
Cyclones #1
Hawks #1
Northbrook #1
Peoria #1
Rockford #1
Vikings #1

Teams: 10