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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: NAVSUP Changes Command View post tag: NAVSUP Training & Education View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Command View post tag: changes August 1, 2014center_img NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) held a time-honored traditional change of command ceremony in Philadelphia, July 31, also broadcasting it simultaneously to its other sites in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Norfolk, Virginia. USA: NAVSUP Changes Command View post tag: usa View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Guests and dignitaries celebrated the three-year tenure of Rear Adm. John G. King and welcomed aboard the new commander, Rear Adm. David R. Pimpo.“It is my distinct honor to salute two outstanding officers as we transfer the mantle of leadership for NAVSUP WSS,” said guest speaker Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and chief of Supply Corps, in his keynote remarks. “It is no accident that Rear Adm. Pimpo and Rear Adm. King are swapping jobs… It is the deliberate placement of two very successful officers who have done great things for our Nation, our Navy, and the supply and logistics communities.”Following Yuen, King, who had been on two tours at NAVSUP WSS before becoming commander in July 2011, expressed his gratitude to the NAVSUP WSS workforce.“As of today, I’ve completed nine years and 58 days at this command, and I have cherished every single one,” King began. “This command has offered me an unbelievable opportunity to learn about our business and to work with many wonderful and very dedicated people.”“NAVSUP WSS, this team of both Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg professionals, will forever be part of my personal makeup,” King continued. “Everything our fantastic team has accomplished has been directed at delivering support at the right time, at the right cost, to the right place across the globe.”Finally, the new NAVSUP WSS commander took the opportunity to discuss his commitment to the NAVSUP WSS mission and its employees.“I look forward to continuing the great logistics support that John King, Karen Meloy, and the rest of the professionals at NAVSUP WSS provide the Fleet each and every day,” said Pimpo, former Commander of DLA Land and Maritime in Colombus, Ohio. “We will continue providing superior support to the Sailors and Marines who are counting on us to deliver the parts they need on time, every time. I will listen and learn from you, and together we will work to create an environment that promotes individual accountability, embraces creativity, and rewards achievement in and out of the office.”[mappress]Press Release, August 1, 2014; Image: US Navylast_img read more


first_imgThere’s seemingly no end to the number of online outlets for lovelorn lonely hearts these days. And so we welcome the emergence of GlutenFreeDate.com, “a social networking site for gluten-free singles and single coeliacs”. The American site is “100% free” and was created to give wheat-free restricted dieters the opportunity to meet others who follow a similar diet and lifestyle. The community offers shared pics, e-cards, forums and a video service. Not that we would belittle food allergy sufferers whose cause has been leapt on by celebrity bandwagon jumpers and self-diagnosing home medics, but should they be encouraged to breed? Won’t they spawn a generation of cake-dodgers, and is this a future we’re prepared to accept? “Check out what all the buzz is about at GlutenFreeDate.com!” it proclaimed. Well, we tried, and the website had mysteriously been pulled down. The work of rogue bakery-based hackers, perhaps?last_img read more


first_img Source: The Broadway League UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill ($556,091)* 4. Once ($499,598)  3. Rock of Ages ($340,633) 2. Violet ($327,327) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me (266,984) FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,431,017)** 2. Wicked ($1,966,367) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,817,551)** 4. Aladdin ($1,542,832) 5. Kinky Boots ($1,314,190) The Tony-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder exceeded capacity for the fourth consecutive week as it continues to inch toward joining the millionaire’s club (coming in this week at $957,145). Two other big hits of the season, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, broke box office records once again at the Belasco Theatre and Stephen Sondheim Theatre, respectively. Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe and the cast of The Cripple of Inishmaan took their final bow on July 20 as scheduled. In their final week, the show brought in its highest gross of the 14-week run ($740,711). The Tupac tuner Holler If Ya Hear Me also shut its doors on July 20, but not before seeing its highest weekly gross (over 56% more than its previous record) and a considerable boost in attendance. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 20: View Comments FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.34%)* 3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (101.23%) 4. Matilda (100.77%) 5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.76%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Once (78.97%) 4. Holler If Ya Hear Me (76.04%) 3. Cinderella (72.99%) 2. Rocky (68.71%) 1. Bullets Over Broadway (66.91%) *Number based on 7 regular performances ** Number based in 9 regular performanceslast_img read more


first_img“If we can’t get the Champions League, the Europa League is important.”Mourinho also paid tribute to striker Harry Kane after he scored twice to move past 200 career club goals, and defender Serge Aurier, who was playing despite his brother being shot dead in France earlier this week.”Harry Kane knows how important he is, he is incredible,” Mourinho added.”Serge Aurier is a very strong character, every person is different and in his case he wanted to play.”Topics : Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho hailed his side’s resilience after Wednesday’s 3-1 Premier League victory over Newcastle United and said it was important they qualify for Europe next season.Spurs, who were in action 72 hours after their 2-1 victory over London rivals Arsenal, are seventh on 55 points, a point behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in sixth, which is likely to offer the last Europa League spot for next season.”The team was tired before we even started,” Mourinho told the BBC. “We had resilience and a great desire to win the match and to fight until the last for our objective, which is the Europa League.last_img read more


first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 28, 2017 Education,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Building on efforts to emphasize safety in schools and in classrooms, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that $5 million in Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grants have been awarded to nearly 140 schools, police departments, and municipalities to support safer schools.“Whether students are learning in one of our large cities or a rural community, they need a secure and supportive environment to do their best in the classroom,” said Governor Wolf. “This funding enables schools and communities to have the resources they need to keep students safe, and it builds on our commitment to kids, parents and teachers across the commonwealth.”The Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant program assist schools with:Reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning;Enhancing antiviolence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.The program will provide $1.4 million to 79 public school entities for programs that prevent and reduce violent incidents and to procure security/safety-related equipment. The safety equipment includes student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.To provide funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers, $2.5 million has been awarded to 60 school entities, municipalities and police departments. Applicants were eligible for a maximum individual grant of $60,000 for a School Resource Officer and $40,000 for a School Police Officer. The program will also provide more than $900,000 under year two of the grant program for continued funding of resource officers or police officers at those schools.For a list of awardees and their award amounts, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.center_img Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million in Safe Schools Grantslast_img read more


first_img Sept. 28, 2007PENSACILA, Fla. – The recent Hall of Fame inductions for the University of West Florida Athletics include the 1997 Men’s Tennis Team, Jerry Fogle of Men’s Basketball, Frank Leo of Men’s Golf, Men’s Tennis Doubles Partner’s David Brandt and Nick Lioce, and Cross Country Coach Stuart Towns. The induction will take place at the UWF Fieldhouse, Saturday, September 29th at 11:30 AM.The 1997 Men’s Tennis team coached by Ralph “Skeeter” Carson had an outstanding year in their first year of eligibility in the NCAA, by finishing its season in the NCAA Championship match. The second seeded Argonauts would fall in the finals to top-ranked Landers; however, playing in the finals and earning a #2 final ranking was an outstanding achievement for a team moving from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. The 1997 team had three All-Gulf South Conference players, including the GSC East Player of the Year, Patric Stabark , and the doubles team of Holger Rebholz and Jens Gerlach, who earned ITA/NCAA Division II All-American Doubles honors.Frank Leo was a Division II PING All-American in both 1998 and 1999. Leo finished tied for 15th at the 1999 NCAA Division II National Championships. Over a four year career from 1995-99, he finished in the top 10 in nearly every regular season tournament, and twice qualified for the Division II National Championships, and placed 10th in the NAIA National Championships in 1996.Jerry Fogle played Men’s Basketball for Coach Don Hogan from 1996-1998 as a guard, and was named to the 1997 All-GSC First Team, and the 1998 All-GSC Second Team. Currently, Jerry has 28 records that still rank in the UWF top 10 All-time.In 1997, Jerry led the GSC in scoring at 19.2 points per game and was in the top ten in the conference for three point shooting. During that season he also set the single game scoring record with 39 points against William Carey, a record which stills stands today.During his career, Fogle scored in double figures in 48 of the 54 games he played in, and led the team in scoring 27 times. He finished his career with 958 points, sixth in school history, and a 17.7 scoring average, second in UWF history.Dr. Stuart Towns founded the West Florida Men’s Cross Country Program in 1986, and while Coaching the Argos from 1986 to 1999, he took nine teams to the NAIA National Championship Meet. The best team in his tenure may have been the 1993 team that finished 19-1 and finished in the top 20 at the National Meet.During his reign as head coach, Towns was named NAIA District 27 Coach of the Year twice, in then in 1996 and 1998, he received GSC Coach of the Year honors. Coach Towns also had 17 harriers reach All-GSC status, six NAIA All-Americans, and six GSC scholar-athletes, all while accumulating a 384-154 record. His teams won two Gulf South Conference Championships, and twice finished second in the conference.Men’s Tennis Doubles partners David Brandt and Nick Lioce were the Argos #1 Doubles team for much of 1986, 1987, and 1988. In 1987, they reached the NAIA National Doubles Semi-finals.During a fabulous 1987 season, the two were named NAIA All-Americans in doubles, while Lioce was also an NAIA Academic All-American, and Brandt was also a NAIA All-American in Singles.Lioce was also named the UWF Athlete of the year for 1988, while Brandt was the ITA/NAIA Senior Player of the year for 1989. Print Friendly Version UWF to Induct 2007 Hall of Fame Class on Saturday Sharelast_img read more


first_imgPerhaps it is an irony of history that in the midst of the so-called COVID-19 crippling all sporting activities worldwide, notably the nation’s pastime, football, Ghana should lose two legendary goal scorers Opoku Afriyie of Asante Kotoko fame and Tano Bofoakwa’s Kwasi Owusu.  Interestingly, both players were  different both in size and temperament but they found a common denominator in the art of brilliant goal scoring both at club and national level. And both captained the Black Stars. Nimble footed Opoku Afriyie atoned for his pint size with amazing ball control. He could score speedily with either foot.Kwasi Owusu’s huge frame was a defenders nightmare . He formed an amazing partnership with another wizard striker, Dan Owusu and the two of them (not siblings) shared more than 90% of Bofoakwa Tano’s goal haul for three consecutive league seasons in the 70s.Surprisingly, despite his huge frame, Kwasi was not robust and even allowed himself on occasions, to be bullied in the box. Some say he was gentle to a fault at times.Historians will recall an incident at Accra Stadium in 1975 during the novelty Ghana-Nigeria Friendship Games when Nigeria goal keeper Okalla slapped him in a minor struggle for the ball.Kwasi just smiled and offered a handshake. True Sportsmanship. Pint size Opoku Afriyie might have reacted differently.He had a fierce temper and never allowed himself to be bullied by anybody on and off the pitch.It was a rift with Kotoko management that resulted in his compulsory retirement from the team in 1983. He played briefly for close rivals Hearts of Oak, and soon returned to his natural habitat, Kotoko. He was for a long time Kotoko team manager and later on Black Stars Welfare Officer.Opoku Afriyie’s goal scoring prowess was detected in the early 70s when he was a Colts player for Kumasi Hearts Babies. He was already a household name at Manhyia Park and when he joined Kotoko in 1974 he quickly made his presence felt with some fantastic goals.He matured so quickly that in his second season with Kotoko he nearly won the goal king title. His tally of 27 fell short by one to Dan Owosu’s haul of 28. Dan of Bofoakwa Tano fame retained the goal king crown but Opoku  Afriyie will be remembered for his two brilliant hat-tricks in the season.He scored thrice against Ghanacan whom Kotoko beat 7-1 and got all three goals against B.A. United. When Kotoko thrashed 7-0 in Kumasi, Opoku Afriyie got four of the seven goals.His record in the Africa clubs series was also superb. He got a hat-trick in the 1982 continental clash against Kampala City Council of Uganda in Kumasi that Kotoko won 6-0. By: Ken Bediakolast_img read more


first_imgCrowds gathered in Inishowen on Saturday last to unveil a memorial to the HMS Laurentic in Fort Dunree.The HMS Laurentic sank off the coast of Fanad Head when it was struck by a mine, leading to the loss of over 350 seamen on January 25, 1917.Following two years of fundraising, The Ulster Canada Initiative welcomed the descendants of the men who died and members of the public to the unveiling and dedication of the Laurentic Monument. The monument, created by Mark Hill and Mandy Blinco of LUXE, involved a variety of local artists and tradesmen including Artlink, Martha McCulloch, Harry Kerr, Matthew Porter, Signs and Designs, Devlin Memorials and many others.The artists felt it was essential that the monument relates to the landscape at Dunree.32 family members made the journey to Donegal for the unveiling, from Arklow, Cork, Tipperary, Liverpool, Staffordshire, Kent, Sussex, Devon and as far away as Australia.The Canadian Government was represented by Commander Corey Bursey, Canadian Naval Attaché to the High Commission in London, while Petty Officer Stephen Doherty represented the Irish Naval Service.Commander Corey BurseyIn his speech, Chairman of the Ulster Canada Initiative, Don McNeill, said: “This is a very proud moment for me personally to achieve what we have from a humble beginning in 2006 when myself, John McCarter and seven other like-minded people chipped in and brought a wreath and held a small, simple but poignant commemoration for the over 350 men who perished on the sinking of the Laurentic on January 25, 1917, at the mouth of Lough Swilly.“But today is not about me! It is about remembering these men from the four corners of the world who died on our shores 102 years ago and their relatives who travelled from far and wide to be here with us today.“This is your day.” Advertisement Laurentic memorial unveiled in Fort Dunree – Picture Special was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFor what it’s worth, Friends reminds us a lot of Twezr, an app that combines all your communication (email, Facebook, Twitter) into one interface. This is something that people clearly wanted – the demand was so high, its servers crashed. On December 3rd, Founder Delip Andra  announced that the company was working on adding capacity and no new users would be allowed in for now. That appears to still be the case. If deciding between the two, it looks like Friends is the way to go.SkyFire (Android)SkyFire’s November update for Android delivered the “Facebook edition” of the alternative mobile browser, which introduced features for tracking content (links, photos, videos) shared by your Facebook friends. “All the the random status updates and musings are left for later – this is just the meat of your Facebook feed,” we said in our review. Social feed reading? We’re in. The app is free in the Android Market. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology ReadWriteWeb doesn’t do a lot of mobile application reviews, but every now and then (ideally, every month, but realistically, every 2-3 months) we like to round-up some of our favorite newcomers to the smartphone application scene.We last rounded up our picks for top new apps in October, when there were 225,00 apps available in iTunes. Today, Apple offers over 300,000 apps, according to its website. And in October, Google announced there were 100,000 apps in the Android Market. Now, independent Android app tracker Androlib puts that number at closer to 195,000 apps. How on earth can you find the good ones? We hope to help…a little.Friends (iPhone)Friends is an attractive, well-built iPhone application that lets you manage contacts from email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks in one interface, even viewing status updates, friend lists and shared photos. If your contact list is large (mine was around 5,000), setup may take a while, but the result is worth it. Friends is $1.99 in the iTunes app store. Speak With Me’s VoiceDJ (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)We were offered the opportunity to review VoiceDJ at launch, but unfortunately it requires the latest Apple firmware. Since my iPhone is rocking a great, untethered jailbreak which I’m not willing to part with, I can’t give you a hands-on, tested recommendation on this one. But Robert Scoble will. In truth, VoiceDJ sounds great – it lets you control the music library on your mobile device using conversational style voice commands (e.g., “Play The Killers”). Now that’s a smart smartphone! How long until Apple buys it, we wonder? VoiceDJ is free in iTunes. mSpot (iPhone)mSpot just announced an iPhone version of its cloud music service that lets you upload your music collection to its servers then stream it to your mobile phone. (Android has had this app since June, now with over 1 million downloads). Unlike the shuttered cloud music service Lala (acquired by Apple), mSpot doesn’t try to match your library with its master collection – it simply puts your music online for streaming purposes. mSpot offers 2 GB of storage for free; 40 GB for $3.99. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Aisle411 (iPhone)This free iPhone app (Android, BlackBerry launching next year) helps you locate products in stores, manage shopping lists, read product reviews, get offers (sometimes in the form of digital coupons saved to your loyalty card) and earn rewards. We would rather it ditch its standalone check-in badges though, and integrate with Facebook or Foursquare’s services instead. Aisle411 supports 600 stores in select markets, so again, it may or may not be useful to you just yet. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement SlideRocket (Mobile Web)Although not an app per se, we have to give a quick shout-out to SlideRocket, which introduced a mobile-friendly, iPad-friendly HTML5 player for its PowerPoint alternative presentations service in November. Yay for Web standards! Thank you, SlideRocket.center_img On a personal note, I’ll admit this is a viable alternative to iTunes and a “cheaper” way to do streaming music than competitors like MOG and Rdio (~$10/month) but it’s just your own tracks. For a few extra dollars, you can have an all-you-can-eat buffet of music, including new releases, at your fingertips. For a couple of us at RWW, we can tell you that MOG is is the first thing that has actually prompted us to “pay for” music in ages. Previous coverage: MOG launch, Rdio review, Comparisons (note dates, some stale content) LiveNation (iOS)The newly launched LiveNation app for iOS devices lets you find concerts in your area and buy tickets. Yes, concert tickets are overpriced. No, sometimes you don’t have a choice but to pay those outrageous fees. At least it’s a little easier to do so now from your iPhone. We’ll hold our thanks, though, if you don’t mind. Sigh.Google Reader (Android) Finally! An official Google Reader application built for Android. I know reading RSS feeds is kind of geeky, but some of us still rely on what’s now only one of the only dedicated RSS reader apps left to get our jobs done. The new native mobile app for Google Reader includes some nifty additions that the Web app and/or mobile Web app don’t have, like sharing feeds to Facebook and Twitter, optional volume key navigation and a long-press to rename a folder, unsubscribe or change folders. Google Reader is free in the Android Market. (See our coverage here, QR code here)Google Voice (iPhone)At long last, Apple permitted the official Google Voice mobile application into its store in November. Now, Google Voice users can make cheap international calls from their iPhones, send text messages to other U.S. numbers, see call logs, check voicemails and transcriptions and receive push notifications for new voicemails or text messages. The app is free in iTunes. (Our coverage here). Be on the Lookout For:BBC iPlayer for iPad: an international version is expected soonJigsaw for iPhone/Nokia: This crazy app will use the phone’s microphone, GPS and accelerometer to monitor your every move, collecting data that can be shared with a doctor, fitness trainer or, for the uber-oversharers, social networks. (Sarah sat at her desk blogging for 8 hours today!)That’s it for now! Tell us about your favorite new apps in the comments below. Notable updates:Thanks to eBay’s acquisition of Milo.com, eBay’s RedLaser barcode scanner now includes results from nearby retailers. (We told you barcode scanning was hot!) (iPhone, Android)Flipboard for iPad has been updated twice…this month! (Free, iPad)Bing has added more services (Grubhub, Open Table, Facebook, Foursquare and others) to its app. You can now use it to find a restaurant, book a table, access Streetside maps, check-in to your location, update Facebook, get reminders and more. What doesn’t this app do? (Free, iPhone)New Games:Laura Croft and the Guardian of Light (iPhone, iPad $6.99) Pocket God ($0.99, Android)Angry Birds Season ($0.99 iOS, Free on Android)Rock Band Reloaded ($4.99 iPhone, $9.99 iPad)Riven: The Sequel to Myst ($5.99, iPhone, iPad) Pushpins (iPhone)OK, the video is a little hokey (you like saving money, right?) and comes across a bit like a late night infomercial, but the truth is, I do like saving money. And with Pushpins, I can. Well, maybe you can. This mobile couponing application supports over 2,000 stores, but only the following big names: Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Randalls, Safeway, ShopRite, Tom Thumb, Vons. If that list includes one of your favorites, enjoy – the app looks great. But in all seriousness, if I don’t see more apps supporting Publix soon, I’m going to get mad. We don’t all live on the West Coast, you know. Pushpins is free on iTunes. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez ooVoo (Android)Qik and Tango competitor ooVoo just launched a new Android application that allows for multi-user video chat sessions – with up to 6 participants! Unfortunately, the app is Android-only for now with an iPhone version coming “soon.” (Psst…how’s that for a switch? Building for Android first?) Until it reaches cross-platform status, it’s less useful than the one-to-one iPhone/Android and now iPod Touch mobile video calling app Tango, but it’s definitely one to watch. ooVoo is free in the Android Market. Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web last_img read more


7Billy HarrisF+8.1 On an individual basis, Gretzky’s performance may never be topped — his next-closest active challenger by PSAR, Jaromir Jagr, would have to maintain his career rate of per-season production until age 50 just to catch The Great One. (Although … maybe we shouldn’t completely rule out that possibility.) But we can’t just leave it there — hockey is such a dynamic, free-flowing sport that a player’s individual numbers don’t always capture his contributions to victory.Some of that, as hockey quants have learned over the last decade or so, is due to the noise around infrequent events such as goals. Instead, on-ice shot margin (after adjusting for numerous contextual factors) is a sturdier gauge of team skill — and hence, an individual’s ability to influence it is an important consideration in modern player evaluation. We don’t have these fancy numbers for Gretzky’s career, but we do know his teams were probably not dominating possession, deriving their high-scoring offense instead from a high shooting percentage.Which brings us to Gretzky’s fabled ability to elevate the performance of his teammates. On a shot-by-shot basis, there’s some evidence that Gretzky’s otherworldly passing led to higher shooting percentages for his teammates than when they played without him. (At FiveThirtyEight, we’ve applied this with or without you — WOWY — technique before, to NFL wide receivers.) Among all players with at least 200 career adjusted assists, Gretzky ranks fifth in terms of hikes in teammates’ shooting percentages3Indexed relative to the league average. while playing alongside him, compared with the rest of their careers.Current stathead thinking suggests that only the most transcendent of passers can help a team sustain a sky-high shooting percentage, and the bread crumbs of evidence are there to suggest a real Gretzky Effect on his teammates’ numbers. Then again, it’s not clear how much of that can be untangled from the shooting percentage machine that was the 1980s Edmonton Oilers overall. 8Kris LetangD+8.1 6Clark GilliesF+8.3 9Jari KurriF+7.8 2Paul CoffeyD+10.4 Source: Hockey-Reference.com 4Kevin LoweD+9.1 Lots of Oilers top the WOWY list 1Glenn AndersonF+10.7 5Wayne GretzkyF+8.3 3Charlie HuddyD+9.9 10Jim PappinF+7.5 Wayne Gretzky, widely considered to be the greatest player in NHL history — so widely, in fact, that even Boston homers have to admit it (however tongue-in-cheek the manner) — was born exactly 55 years (and a day) ago. That’s really all the excuse we need to go spelunking in The Great One’s statistical treasure chest.Hockey stats, even the “advanced” ones, are famously lo-fi; even still, there’s a preponderance of evidence to confirm that Gretzky was far and away the most productive hockey player of all time. Yes, his teammates were outrageously talented. Yes, he played in an offensively inflated era, facing small goaltenders who employed archaic techniques. But even when we adjust Gretzky’s numbers for the scoring environment in which they were produced, nobody generated more goals — particularly with his playmaking — than No. 99.One of my favorite stats in all of sports history is that Gretzky could be the NHL’s all-time scoring leader even if he never scored a goal, on the basis of his assists alone. That’s not quite true after adjusting his stats for the era — Gordie Howe’s 2,190 adjusted points eclipses Gretzky’s 1,717 adjusted assists — but the difference between Gretzky’s adjusted helpers and those of No. 2 Howe is roughly the same as that between Howe and No. 28 Mats Sundin. The man’s hockey sense and vision were unparalleled.To pull all of Gretzky’s individual accomplishments together, I like to use my personal modification of Hockey-Reference.com’s point shares, which I call point shares above replacement. (A modification is necessary because, as currently constructed, the distribution of PS between positions is all kinds of messed up. PSAR fixes that and essentially mirrors Hockey Prospectus’s goals versus threshold, with the added benefit that it gets updated in-season.) Among modern1Going back to the 1950-51 season, the first season for which I have data. skaters, Gretzky is the career leader in PSAR by a mile — he beats No. 2 Ray Bourque by the equivalent of about 420 extra goals, or 60 to 70 wins. And compared with his fellow forwards, Gretzky laps the field to a degree that is even more striking:2In this chart, the “share” of a team’s available ice time is the proportion of a team’s minutes (from the 1998-99 season onward) or games played (1997-98 and earlier) at a position that a player played. In an individual season, it effectively acts as a percentage, but across years it can be added up as a cumulative measure of ice time, because every team divvies up roughly the same amount of playing time among its players each season. (It also serves as a way to normalize playing time across different schedule lengths — handy in case of season-shortening lockouts and the like.) PLAYERPOSWOWY Nos. 1 through 5 on the teammate shooting WOWY list all played for the Oilers during that era, so this might be more of a team stat, shared by linemates, than an individual metric. Further evidence: The Oilers collectively maintained a third-place finish in shooting percentage in 1988-89 (down only slightly from first in ’87-88), despite Gretzky departing Edmonton for LA over the summer.All of this also assumes, perhaps incorrectly, that the state of today’s hockey-analytics art can even be applied to the NHL of Gretzky’s heyday. In the run-and-gun air hockey 1980s, Corsi was a player, not a metric, and the possession-is-king rule that guides today’s enlightened clubs doesn’t seem to have been as hard and fast. (For instance, Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins, another incredibly high-scoring team, also defied what I estimated to be modest possession numbers by sustaining a high shooting percentage over a string of years.)All of this is why, between absent data and changes to the fabric of the sport, deep analysis of historical hockey is inherently limited, despite our best efforts. We’ll never know Gretzky’s zone start numbers or have a player usage chart for his record-shattering 215-point 1985-86 season. But we can appreciate what numbers we do have from his career — and nobody produced stats more glamorous than The Great One. read more