Academics, administrators, and development offices devote a great deal of time and energy attempting to increase giving because colleges and universities rely heavily on charitable contributions to operate. In this quest, a substantial amount of research has been conducted on the relationship between athletic success and giving; however, these studies have focused almost exclusively on the sports of football and basketball. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the effects of Division I ice hockey success on voluntary contributions to colleges and universities. Looking at ten years of data, the study examines schools with NCAA Division I ice hockey teams. In order to test the relationship, the study uses ordinary least squares regressions and fixed effects models. Total giving, alumni giving, giving to athletics, and giving to academics are all considered. Success is measured by winning percentage, post season play, post season wins, and athletic tradition. Results indicate that giving is sensitive to athletic success, but the effects depend on the type of giving, measure of success, and type of school.
For many years the National Hockey League was struggling to bring fans to their games. Due to such low attendance and salary caps, the National Hockey League decided to have a lockout in 2004-2005 which was the first ever season ending lockout in any sport. Since the lockout, attendance in the NHL slowly started to increase. This thesis looks at what factors affect attendance in the NHL since the lockout. Attendance was low before the lockout, but after the lockout attendance started to increase more and more every year. This thesis tests for what the NHL is doing right since the lockout so that they can continue to increase their attendance ratings even more. The research was taken from NHL.com, Versus. com, and ESPN.com. Data was found for all thirty NHL teams. A regression was used to test the data with the dependent variable being attendance. The independent variables are; goals scored, total points, winning percent, competitive balance, location, all-stars, games played, play-offs, weekend games, minor penalty minutes, and major penalty minutes. The regression found that four variables were significant in affecting attendance. These four variables were goals scored, location, minor penalty minutes, and major penalty minutes. This thesis proves that there are other factors besides game factors that affect attendance; however, the four game factors that affect attendance go along with the new rule changes that the NHL created after the lockout proving that the NHL is doing some of the right things to increase attendance in the NHL.
This paper will focus on three questions. Is the National Hockey League draft a good indicator of a drafted players probability of playing in the National hockey league? Does the relative position a player is selected in the NHL draft influence a player’s decision to attend an NCAA school? And finally, for those players that choose to attend an NCAA Division 1 hockey program, does it change their probability of playing in the National Hockey League? Three models have been created to answer these questions. The results suggest the draft is a good indicator of playing in the NHL, that draft position does have an influence on player’s decision to attend college and that playing in the NCAA will slightly reduce the negative probability of playing in the NHL.
This thesis investigates the factors and cost of a winning NHL franchise. The objective is to learn areas of the team statistics which to improve upon to have a successful team which makes playoffs. The study found that shots on goal and payroll were two variables that a general manager could increase and would results in more wins per season and in some cases taking a team who misses playoffs to a playoff team.