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Katey Stone: Stats Don't Matter

Katey Stone: Stats Don't Matter

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PCA National Advisory Board Member Katey Stone (@kbstone9) is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey. As head coach of the Harvard Crimson for the past 18 seasons, she has accumulated 378 victories and has led the team to several NCAA Championship appearances. She also coached the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey team to a Silver Medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In this clip, Stone explains that her team avoids celebrating statistics because statistics encourage individual play over team play. Instead, she emphasizes assists and even celebrates the player who sets up the goal after it happens. Stone adopted this technique from the late Dean Smith, a PCA National Advisory Board Member (in Memoriam). She focuses on this because scoring goals in hockey has less to do with the individual scorer and has more to do with the entire team, and she wants her team to recognize this.