About Me

Welcome to Blackhawks Breakdown.

On this site you will find graphics that visually illustrate different aspects of hockey. These include visual breakdowns of games, players, teams, and the salary cap. Those breakdowns include statistical and video analysis.

My name is a Storm Mensing, yes Storm is my real name, and I am the creator of this website. I remember when I first started learning about advanced stats and how difficult it can be to grasp at the beginning. With technical jargon and acronyms, it takes time before everything clicks into full comprehension. That’s one of the many reasons why I started this site. I wanted to be the bridge from the lay person into the world of analytics. I try to make my charts and write-ups easy to comprehend for all people, not just the analytically inclined.


Let’s discuss what you’ll find in the various menu tabs.

In the ā€œGame Vizā€ tab, you will find how the Blackhawk players are trending in recent games. This will most likely be their stats over a set number of recent games to illustrate who is performing the best and worst over a recent stretch of games.

In the “Player Viz” section of the menu, I post articles pertaining to individual player(s). An example would be the career trends of Marian Hossa.

In the “Season Viz” section, I post all Chicago players season long stats. Here, you’ll be able to compare Blackhawk players to each other.

In the “League Viz” section, I post NHL team numbers. Here, you will be able to see how Chicago compares to other teams in various stats.

In the “Salary Cap” section, you’ll find salary cap, contract, and CBA information. Here, you will finds things like how LTIR works, how a salary cap hit is determined, Artemi Panarin contract comparable’s, and everything in between.

Stats 101 is a good place to start if you don’t know much about hockey stats. I explain many stats in this section such as PDO, expected goals, & shot suppression to name a few.

Systems 101” will include play breakdowns and teaching materials on hockey formations.

I also have a “Glossary” where I try to give a quick, simple explanation of stats. I share the websites I often use in the “Resources” section.

You’re currently reading the “About Me” section.

Finally, I have the “Donate” section if you would like to help me improve the site. I do not make any money off of this website, and I already stick a lot of my own time and money into it. But people can donate and I will use those funds to purchase better software, update the website, and bring the reader a better experience. Coaching software for systems analysis is very expensive. Better chart and visual software is expensive. Better video editing software is expensive. I can only put so much of my own money into the site, this is the reason I allow readers to donate to help improve the content, and thus their experience. All donations are used directly for the website and ZERO goes in my pocket.

If you have any questions, you can find me on Twitter (@HawksBreakdown) or email me at BlackhawksBreakdown@gmail.com.

If you don’t know much about advanced stats, check out the quick video below for a crash course.

Lastily, thanks for checking out my website. I hope you enjoy it!


  1. I enjoy your articles, but have to quibble with your “Huge Problem” analysis w.r.t. to the PAK/Rasmussen strategy. Patrick Kane may have a 40% career FOW%, but since Panarin’s arrival his FOW% is below 22%. While there are no stats on how often players get tossed from face-offs, to my knowledge, Anisimov seems to get tossed quite frequently. As an aside, I don’t understand why Panarin isn’t given a chance to take faceoffs given Kane’s low FOW%.


    1. Yeah, I meant that strategy in general and used the PAK-Rasmussen as just an example of how it can go wrong. I do agree tho about Panarin. He seems more feisty. More willing to get physical in order to win a faceoff. It would be interesting to see how he would do.


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