Mathematics Science Fair Project
Statistically analyze the best picks for a playoff hockey pool

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Project Information
Title: Statistically analyze the best picks for a playoff hockey pool
Subject: Mathematics
Project Type: Experimental
Cost: Low
Awards: 2nd place, Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair (\$100)
Affiliation: Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair
Year: 2009
Description: Previous NHL statistics were plotted on a graph using MATLAB in order to find the probability of a team winning the Stanley Cup. For hockey pool picks, were chosen players that are on teams that will go far in the Stanley cup playoffs.
Background

### Fantasy Hockey

Fantasy hockey is a form of fantasy sport where players build a team that competes with other players who do the same, based on the statistics generated by professional hockey players or teams. The majority of fantasy hockey pools are based on the teams and players of the National Hockey League (NHL).

A typical fantasy hockey league or hockey pool has 8 - 12 teams but often have as many as 20. Other types of pools may have a greater number of teams, which may dilute the average talent making it more or less fun depending on the league, but also represents more closely the actual NHL, which currently has 30 teams. Other forms of fantasy hockey may allow an unlimited number of teams, whereby any number of owners may draft the same player(s). These typically have a restricted number of "trades" where one player may simply be exchanged for any other in the player pool, typically of the same position.

The most common way for choosing NHL players or teams to comprise a fantasy team is via a draft, either online or in person. However, the method ranges from basic (picking from comparable players who are grouped in boxes) to complicated (i.e. 'auction' style).

A hockey pool is a variant of ice hockey in which the participants (called "owners") each draft or acquire a team of real-life NHL players and then score points based on those players' statistical performance on the ice. It is a simpler and less involved version of fantasy hockey.

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