The Data Science of Firing Your (NHL) Coach

About Jean-René: Jean-René Gauthier is a former astronomer and current data scientist at DataScience. Oh and btw, he loves hockey :-)The Data Science of Firing Your (NHL) Coach I’m a longtime fan of the Montreal Canadiens. I still remember their last Stanley Cup championship in 1993. I was just a kid back then, but I still have vivid memories of goalie Patrick Roy winking at the Los Angeles Kings’ Tomas Sandstrom after making an impressive save! However, the Habs — as the Canadiens are affectionately known — have not been doing so great this year. In fact, they have lost so many games that Head Coach Michel Therrien’s job might very well be in jeopardy. This got me thinking: Does firing a coach during the season actually help a team…


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