SEATTLE - Seattle Hockey Partners LLC ("NHL Seattle") today announces it has hired Dani Chu as Quantitative Analyst to its Hockey Operations research and development team. Dani will begin work with NHL Seattle in January 2020.
Chu will graduate from Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC) with a Masters of Science in Statistics in December 2019, under the supervision of Dr. Tim Swartz. While in school for his Bachelors (earned April 2018) and Masters, he conducted research across numerous sports, including football, basketball, soccer, and rowing. In the Summer of 2019 Chu interned at the NBA as part of their Basketball Strategy & Analytics department. Additionally, he was part of a team that took first place in the Student Division of the 2018 NFL Big Data Bowl for their project regarding Route Identification in the NFL.
"We are thrilled that Dani has chosen to join NHL Seattle, among his other opportunities," said General Manager Ron Francis. "His experience in sports and proven statistical expertise will be an integral part of how we build our team."
As a Quantitative Analyst, Chu will conduct statistical research that will aid the Hockey Operations department with player evaluation, acquisition, strategy, and management decisions. He will work closely with Hockey Operations personnel to turn research into action.
"I'm excited to join the Hockey Operations department and to collaborate with the great team at NHL Seattle. It's a great opportunity to be a part of the building process with an organization that values and integrates diverse opinions," said Chu. "I'm grateful to Alex and Ron for believing in me and making me a part of the NHL Seattle family."
Additionally, Francis shared today that Alexandra Mandrycky, who was hired before he was appointed, has signed a new contract expanding her responsibilities with the title of Director of Hockey Strategy & Research.
"We are thrilled to expand Alexandra's role," commented Francis. "I have enjoyed working alongside Alexandra and the contribution she will make to the team is already evident."
"I am honored to have the opportunity to help build an NHL team that will make Seattle proud," added Mandrycky. "We are already working to take advantage of the time we have to create the best NHL team possible."