By Andrew Kallick
Jeff Shulman began working for California Sports in 1983, selling season tickets and local advertising packages for the Los Angeles Kings and he worked his way up from there. The next year, Shulman was involved with the Kings on a game night basis handling media relations, on-ice promotions and gathering post game quotes from visiting teams. After working as the Kings head statistician for eight years, Shulman was hired by the NHL in 1998.
“My official job title is scoring system manager/off-ice official for the National Hockey League, responsible for the management of all game night statistics for Los Angeles Kings home games,” said Shulman.
Shulman arrives at STAPLES Center close to three hours prior to face-off to set up the computers, download game data and get the approved rosters directly from the Head Coaches of the two teams. He and his crew calculate stats until about 30 minutes after the game finishes. In between periods, Shulman and his staff are actively verifying stats by reviewing game video where required.
“You don't need to be a mathematician to be a statistician,” said Shulman. “It’s just a matter of having a solid base of hockey knowledge. I think it’s a matter of growing up around the sport, playing the sport, and understanding the league defined stats.”
Providing a virtual play-by-play of the game is something that Shulman is very proud to do for the league benefiting the fans, media, players and coaches. Overall, his highlights working for the Kings include:
- Interviewing coaches and players from the visiting teams at the Great Western Forum for several years for post game media quotes
- Being the first one on site at the LAX Sheraton to check in media for the Wayne Gretzky trade and introduction to L.A. in 1988.
- Managing the stats directly for the Kings coaching staff and being in the locker room during the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals vs. Montreal.
- Greatest game to work came April 6, 1990, when the Kings defeated defending Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames in Game 6 at the Forum in double overtime on a goal by Mike Krushelnyski
- Working with the many great coaches, players over the years, public relations staff and broadcasters such as Bob Miller, Nick Nickson and Jim Fox.
His highlights working for the NHL include:
- Working the NHL Game One in Japan for the opening of 2000 season featuring Pittsburgh vs. Nashville.
- Working the playoffs on April 18, 2001, when the Kings overcame a three-goal third period deficit against Detroit to win in overtime in a game now known as the "Frenzy on Figueroa."
- Working the NHL All-Star Game at STAPLES Center in 2002
- Witnessing Luc Robitaille become the greatest goal scorer in Kings history on January 19, 2006.
- Managing the scoring system crew for rounds 3 and 4 in Anaheim during the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007 (Anaheim vs. Ottawa).
- Working the NHL Premiere season opener in London at the O2 Arena featuring the Kings vs. Anaheim in 2007.
- Assisting during the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles 2011.
- Having great NHL colleagues in Los Angeles as well as league wide.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have been involved for over 27 years in professional hockey,” Shulman said. “Working for the league is a great job, it's extremely rewarding and a lot of fun as you can imagine."