Boxscores and jerseys on NHL.com
- I'm not sure if anyone will be terribly interested in this, but I have
noticed that the boxscores on NHL.com do not appear to be tracking a
player's jersey number correctly with respect to mid-season changes.
I have a program that samples the jersey numbers every day, noting
changes. The changes are sometimes just mistakes on various websites,
but sometimes they reflect a player who actually changes jerseys.
One such example is a player named J.T. Brown who played a few games
with Tampa in 2011-12. He was listed with jersey #49 from 4/1 until 4/3
on Tampa's website. Then he was listed with #19. If you go to this
boxscore from the 4/2 game, you will see he is listed with #19:
If you go to the highlights from this game on NHL.com, you will see him
playing with #49 at about 5 seconds into the game.
I have, however, seen examples where the changes are reflected accurately.
In this age of databases, if you don't design properly, there are very
few artifacts left of history because a single update can wipe out all
historical records. I have also been noticing this at the junior A
hockey level, where on occasion a player's profile gets "reused", and a
player who may have played a few games with a team suddenly is wiped
out, and his history is assigned to a new player who really didn't play