Canadians: two new hires in the advanced statistics department

MONTREAL — The general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Kent Hughes, announced Thursday the appointment of Philippe Desaulniers as chief technology officer, hockey analytics and Miranda McMillan as hockey data analyst.

They will work under the supervision of the director of the advanced statistics analysis department, Christopher Boucher.

A graduate of Polytechnique Montréal, Desaulniers has been a professional in the technological space for more than 25 years, working on the first applications of artificial intelligence in the mining sector and getting involved in Montreal’s aerospace and telecommunications technology hubs. , before moving into the world of large-scale data analysis.

After several years of developing analytical software and artificial intelligence systems at Averna and Radialpoint, Desaulniers took on the challenge of the startup world by partnering with the founders of Sportlogiq, where by combining cutting-edge AI with pioneering approaches to hockey analytics, he led the company’s core technology engineering and created a revolutionary hockey data analytics system that, within a few years, became the reference standard advanced statistics tool for NHL teams.

The 32-year-old McMillan started playing hockey at age eight. She played for the Dalhousie University Tigers for five seasons, where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree with combined hours in math and statistics.

McMillan also has experience behind the bench, having been an assistant coach and head coach of the U18 AAA women’s team in Halifax from 2013 to 2017. A Level 3 ice official, she was a line judge at two national championships. women’s USports.

Prior to joining the Canadians Advanced Stats Analytics Department, the Truro, Nova Scotia native spent nearly six years as a statistician and data team manager at Kinduct Technologies in Halifax.


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