If you have never heard the name Dawson Sprigings, you’re not alone. Going by the Twitter handle @DTMAboutHeart, Sprigings, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, has mostly Tweeted about hockey analytics in his young, 23-year-old life. He played as a goalie at Wesleyan University, a Division III school.

But, his life is more about hockey now. In recent days, Kroenke Sports Entertainment has hired Sprigings to be their “Analytics Modeler” for all of their pro sports properties. That includes the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets,, Los Angeles Rams, Arsenal of the English Premier League, the Colorado Rapids and the Colorado Mammoth.

What is an “Analytics Modeler?” That part remains shrouded in secrecy. But word around the KSE offices is: They think they have hired the next Billy Beane or Theo Epstein here, the next boy wonder of sports analytics.

Sprigings’ Twitter account had thousands of tweets prior to this week. After being hired by KSE, however, he deleted them all, and as of Wednesday night had just six to his name. Here is one from Wednesday:

Sprigings has had mostly a hockey analytics background. He worked at hockey-graphs.com and contributed to the most recent “Hockey Abstract”, by Rob Vollman. And yet, the Avalanche says he is not one of their official hires. The team actually has an analytics person already – Arik Parnass.

Confused?

Nonetheless, people around the Avs say Sprigings will be a complement to Parnass. The Avalanche had previously been a team, especially when Patrick Roy was the coach, that looked down its nose toward analytics. That mindset, clearly, has changed.

How much his time is split between the Avs and the rest of the KSE properties? To be determined.

BSN’s Jesse Montano contributed to this report

Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling “Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports’ Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era” and “100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, which was published in October, 2016.

  • Jimbotronn

    Very cool. Avs have been behind the curve on the analytics front, hopefully this young guy can help bring them up to speed. I don’t think analytics should be the main focus, but it’s definitely a good tool to help identify the players the team wants to bring in. Possession metrics in particular seem to really correlate with the better teams in the league the last few seasons.

    I do hope his analytics skills are a bit more advanced than his goaltending technique. Glove’s a little low!

    • Pixelrebirth

      Goalie comment made me chuckle. Definitely excited they are paying attention to analytics. I wonder if he is kind of like and architect, guiding the other analytics people in certain ways.

      Hopefully he is involved with the Avs and not just in the other sports.