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How to Create Your Own Hockey Leaderboard

Create your own hockey leaderboard to track and visualize player and team performance, fostering competition and engagement in a league.


Hockey thrives on competition, both individual and team-based. From the finesse of a breakaway goal to the grit of a defensive block, every play contributes to a team's success. But how do you track this progress and showcase the top performers?

Here's a guide to creating your own hockey leaderboard, a valuable tool for visualizing player and team standings within your league or team.

A hockey leaderboard showing team performance

What is a Hockey Leaderboard?

A hockey leaderboard is a dynamic chart that ranks teams or players based on specific statistics. It offers a snapshot of the current standings, allowing fans, coaches, and players to gauge performance and track progress throughout the season.

What Is Tracked For Standings?

There are two primary types of hockey leaderboards: those that track team performance and those that focus on individual players.

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Hockey Leaderboard for Teams

  • Wins: The most fundamental metric in hockey. Each victory a team secures pushes them higher on the leaderboard.
  • Losses: The flip side of the coin, losses represent setbacks that hinder a team's climb towards the top.
  • Ties: While less frequent than wins or losses, ties can still play a significant role in the standings, especially in close races for playoff positions.

The leaderboard typically displays these three metrics alongside the team name, allowing for a quick and clear comparison of their performance. Some leaderboards might also include additional information like:

  • Points: A system where teams earn points for wins (usually two points) and ties (usually one point). This provides a more comprehensive ranking system that doesn't penalize teams as heavily for draws.
  • Regulation Wins/Overtime Wins: In some leagues, overtime and shootout victories are awarded a different point value than regulation wins. Leaderboards might differentiate these categories for a more nuanced understanding of a team's performance.
  • Goal Differential: This metric calculates the difference between a team's goals scored and goals conceded. A positive goal differential indicates a team scores more than they concede, while a negative differential signifies the opposite.

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Hockey Leaderboard for Players

The most common player stats tracked on leaderboards are:

  • Goals: The ultimate offensive achievement in a game of hockey. Players who consistently find the back of the net are highly coveted and celebrated.
  • Assists: Not all heroes wear capes. Players who set up their teammates for scoring opportunities are just as crucial in generating offense. Assists are awarded when a player passes the puck to a teammate who scores a goal.
  • Total Points: This metric combines a player's goals and assists, providing a holistic view of their offensive contribution.

Leaderboards for players might also showcase additional statistics such as:

  • Plus/Minus Rating: This metric tracks a player's on-ice impact by considering the team's goal differential while they're on the ice. A positive rating indicates the team scores more goals than they concede when the player is playing.
  • Power Play Goals: Goals scored while a team has a power play advantage due to a penalty on the opposing team.
  • Shorthanded Goals: Goals scored by a team while shorthanded (with fewer players on the ice) due to a penalty on their own team.

These additional stats offer a deeper dive into a player's offensive and defensive contributions beyond basic goals and assists.

Create Custom Hockey Leaderboards Online

Gone are the days of clunky whiteboards and handwritten charts! With the rise of online leaderboard software like KeepTheScore, creating custom leaderboards for your team, league, or fantasy hockey league has become a breeze.

Our online leaderboard offers user-friendly tools to help you create and track:

  • Team wins, losses, and ties: Monitor your team's progress throughout the season and see how they stack up against their rivals.
  • Individual player stats: Track goals, assists, total points, and other relevant statistics to identify your team's offensive leaders and rising stars.
  • Multiple teams and leagues: Manage leaderboards for multiple teams or leagues within the same platform. KeepTheScores can accommodate various hockey formats, from school leagues to recreational teams.

You have 2 primary options for creating your leaderboard:

1. Use an Existing Excel File

If you are already tracking data in Excel, this is the most straightforward method. Perform your calculations within Excel and upload the file to generate your leaderboard. To update, simply re-upload the Excel file. This method is great for detailed tracking of progress and rankings.

To begin, click the button below 👇

After creation, customize your leaderboard's appearance through the "SETTINGS" menu. For more on customization options, visit our leaderboard customization guide.

2. Create a Basic Leaderboard

If you prefer not to use Excel, select this option. It results in a simpler leaderboard, with a single score per player or team.

  1. Click the button above and fill in your leaderboard's basic information.
  2. Enter details such as player names and optionally add logos or emojis for a personal touch.
  3. After clicking "CREATE LEADERBOARD," your leaderboard will be ready and accessible online.

Updates to standings and scores can be made directly on the platform.

💡 Tip: Premium users can further personalize their leaderboard by uploading a custom logo. Use a PNG with a transparent background for optimal results.

Benefits of an Online Hockey Leaderboard

  • Accessible via a link: Our online leaderboards are accessible from anywhere, allowing fans, players, and coaches to stay updated on the standings regardless of location. Live updates eliminate the need to be physically present at the rink to follow the action.
  • Real-time updates: Our platform allows for easy and immediate updates to the leaderboard as games progress. These scoring changes automatically update on all live/sharable links.
  • Customization options: Personalize the leaderboard to reflect your team or league's branding. Choose colors, fonts, and logos to create a visually appealing display. For the player's leaderboard, you could even upload a player photo in place of a logo for enhanced recognition.
  • Enhanced engagement: A dynamic leaderboard fosters healthy competition within a team or league. Players can track their progress and that of their teammates, motivating them to perform better and contribute to the team's success.
  • Promotional tool: A well-designed leaderboard displayed on your team website or social media platforms can attract interest in your league or team, potentially drawing in new players and fans.
  • Live Chat / Share GIFs: our platform allows players to engage in live chat, and share GIFs which can increase the competitive chatter among players.

The versatility of our online leaderboard caters to various hockey needs, from organized leagues to friendly competitions amongst friends.

Hockey leaderboards are not just static charts; they are dynamic tools that breathe life into the competitive spirit of the sport. They tell a story of triumph, struggle, and the relentless pursuit of victory.

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