FH102: Fantasy Hockey Terminology

*As you can see this is an article that I originally contributed for FantaysHockey.com way back in 2007. It is an article on Fantasy Hockey Terminology and helps to explain the newer fans of the game or of fantasy how various stats the tracked and what they are.  I thought this might be some interesting and useful information for anyone who is newer to the game. The original piece can be viewed here. It appears that the site has not been active since 2012 by a quick glance at the site. I just wanted to let anyone interested in fantasy hockey know about their site as they still seem to have some very quality (though some a bit dated now) information for you. Here is the article I wrote for them… Here is a link to their homepage.
Here is a more current site that has some great information on hockey stats both basic and advanced Sporting  Charts feel free to check them out as well in the future!

05/20/2007 10:41 PM –
FH102: Fantasy Hockey Terminology
Contributed By: Ryan Crappa

New to fantasy hockey? Or maybe just new to hockey in general? Well, you have come to the right place. Here I will describe, in brief, what many of the common stats and abbreviations you will see, mean.

G – Goal
A player is awarded a Goal (G) every time they put the puck past the opponent’s goalie, and over the goal line.

A – Assists
A player is awarded an assist (A) if they touch the puck directly before the player on their team scores. An example is if player A passes the puck to player B and player B scores a goal, then player A would get an assist, and player B would get the goal. There is also such a thing as a secondary assist which occurs when player C, passes to player B, who passes to Player A who scores. In this scenario, two assists are awarded (to players B and C).

A player is awarded 1 point for a goal, and 1 point for an assist. To get the total amount of points a player has scored, you simply add the number of goals with the number of assists the player has.

Penalty minutes (PIM) are the amount of time that a player is removed from the action of the game for violating a rule. A minor penalty is 2 minutes long (such as hooking or tripping), while a major is 5 minutes (such as fighting), and a game misconduct penalty is 10 minutes (for things like arguing excessively with officials).

The plus/minus shows how many times the player has been on the ice when his team scores, or when his team is scored on. Every time anyone on his team scores a goal when he is on the ice, he gets a +1. Every time he is on the ice and his team is scored against, then he gets a -1. It doesn’t matter if the player gets an assist or scored the goal, even if he has nothing to do with the play when the goal is scored, he still gets a +1. This is true in all even strength moments where both teams have an equal amount of players on the ice. If a team is on the power play (see below) and has the man advantage, +/- does not apply.

Power Play points (PP) are a number of points someone has when on the power play. A power play occurs when a player from the opposing team gets a penalty. The player who got the penalty goes to the penalty box, and his team can’t put anyone out on the ice to replace him. This leaves the opposing team a man up for the length of the penalty.

The Save Percentage (SV%) of a goalie is found by dividing a number of shots stopped by a goalie, by the number of goals let in by the same goalie. For example, 20 shots faced, 19 saves would equal a .950 SV% (19/20 = 95). When a goalie has a higher save percentage it means he is saving more shot attempts than someone with a lower save percent.

A goalies Goals Against Average (GAA) is simply the average number of goals a goalie will let in during a standard 6- minute game. To calculate this number simply take a goalies goals allowed, divide that number by his minutes played total, and then multiply that number by 60. As an example, in 03-04 Miikka Kiprusoff lead the NHL with a 1.70 GAA. This was the result of playing 2301 minutes and allowing 65 goals. [(65/2301) x 60] = 1.695 or 1.70.

Standard Leagues
A standard league uses all of the previously explained statistics, and a couple other for goalies including Wins (W) and Shutouts (SO). Obviously, a W are how many times the goalie is playing on the side that wins the game. The shutout is when the goalie doesn’t let any shots go past him in the entire game.

Advanced Leagues
Advanced leagues use all of the previously explained statistics, and a couple new ones, which might include Game-Winning Goals (GWG). If the game is 2-2, and someone scores a goal to make it 3-2, and the game ends that way, then whoever scored the last goal got the game-winning goal. Another category used in the advanced leagues is often Shots on Goal (SOG). On the goaltender side of things, the total number of Saves (SV) are often added as well as categories such as minutes played and a goalies Penalty Kill (PK) numbers. PK numbers are determined by finding out what a player’s stats are in situations where they are defending the other teams PP.


The Featured image came from a very interesting article about some of the more advanced, and newer stats such as Corsi, Fenwick, and others. If you are interested in advanced stats at all do yourself a favor and check out the article at Sporting Charts. Image Credit also goes to their website. They have some incredible articles on sports stats for not only the NHL but the NFL NBA and MLB. Maybe we will be able to do some kind of collaboration with them in the future, stay tuned!

Is this kind of article something that you would like to see more of in the future? Would you be interested in seeing a whole series done for those people who are newer to the game that covers the basic rules and stratageys as well as gets into some more advanced concepts? If so let us know in the comments below and its something that we could get started off quickly, thanks!


Ryan Crappa is the 29-year-old owner and manager of Puck Planet. He has been a very passionate hockey fan, and more specifically Colorado Avalanche fan going on 17 years now. There have been very few seasons that he has missed more than a couple of games in very dire situations. He has always had a passion for writing as well from a young age. Roughly three years ago when another opportunity was coming to an end he decided to take as many classes and courses as he could to begin to prepare himself to launch this project. Three years later here we are today. If you would like to hear more about Ryan Crappa, the website, or any of the amazingly passionate and talented writers that we have on staff feel free to contact him at RyanCrappa@PuckPlanet.com

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