Last night Stanley Cup of Chowder reported that the Bruins had filled one of their two open data analysis roles with the hiring of Joshua Pohlkamp-Hartt, today we have confirmed the second position has been filled with Ivy League graduate Campbell Weaver.
In addition, the Bruins have hired Campbell Weaver to their Analytics staff. Weaver is a Princeton & Cornell grad whose previous work includes computer vision/machine learning applications for hockey, most recent work includes wearable health tech/tracking for a tech startup. https://t.co/lzJi950j1J— Colin Beswick (@CBeswick) February 16, 2019
Like Pohlkamp, the former head of analytics for the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs, Weaver has been involved in the hockey stats community, having previously given presentations at analytics conferences. His background in data analysis and tracking tech is notable, especially in light of the NHL’s adoption of their forthcoming player tracking system.
Weaver has previously focused efforts and research on computer vision, which is similar to the products companies like SportLogiq offer (who consults for NHL teams using proprietary software systems). In addition, he has been employed within the tech industry in roles that primarily focused on wearable tracking technology, as well as data analysis. Suffice to say, the resume appears to meet the job description for a team in need of help with an incoming flow of significant amounts of data from player tracking software.
This is what players are wearing on their shoulder pads as part of the NHL Puck and Player Tracking system. The sensor is inside a protective case. pic.twitter.com/ULT3cirxVg— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) January 25, 2019
He will join Josh Pohlkamp-Hartt under Bruins Director of Hockey Analytics, Jeremy Rogalski, who has been in his role with team since 2017, and 9 seasons overall.
Virtually every NHL team has some form of in-house analytics staff, usually in addition to employing part time or freelance consultants from the public hockey analytics community and/or more prominent consulting companies like the aforementioned SportLogiq, Clear Sight Analytics, or others. It cannot be overstated how much data NHL teams will have receive next season. Similar to the NFL’s new tracking data, the location of the puck and players will be tracked numerous times per second. With a significant influx of data streams from tracking, coupled with the growing understanding/acceptance of the importance of hockey statistics, teams would be prudent to invest significantly in their analytics departments sooner rather than later as the pool of qualified applicants shrinks in advance of next season’s tracking software launch.
The Bruins, who have not been among the more statistically invested teams like Toronto, Carolina and Minnesota, have moved quickly to bolster their staff with these two additions. What their staff, and the staff of other NHL teams are able to parse from these mountains of data that is of tactical/competitive use will be the challenge for each analytics staff in the coming seasons, the majority of which will understandably not be made public.
At any rate, the Bruins investing in the team and specifically the field of data/statistical analysis should be met positively by Bruins fans. Welcome to Boston, Campbell!