Thursday, February 6, 2014

2014 Sochi Olympics: Why Canada Will Rule (Again) in Hockey

Check out this post on the new version of Rink Stats. A friend of mine from grad school recently got me connected with a buddy of his who writes for the Wall Street Journal. I just wrote my first article for their regular feature The Count. I look at how much NHL Olympians are paid and how this can help us predict who will win gold in Sochi. Check it out here

Here's a snippet:
A huge chunk of that money is being paid to the 50 players on the two North American teams. The Canadian team, led by Sidney Crosby, makes a combined $157 million in the NHL, up from $126 million in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, when host Canada won the gold. The NHLers on the U.S. team earn $127 million, up from $83 million in 2010. At the other end of the spectrum is Norway, which features just one NHL player: Mats Zuccarello, who makes $1.15 million this season for the New York Rangers.


  1. Stephen;
    This obviously all changes if you include the disaster which was Team Canada in 2006.

  2. After the no-call on Hayley Wickenheiser today, have you ever though about looking at the difference in penalty shots versus power plays. They called it a power-play which turned out better in the end.