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Penguins add Katerina Wu as Data Scientist to organization

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The Pens strengthen their analytics department

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The Penguins have named Katerina Wu as a data scientist in the team’s hockey operations department.

The team announced the news Tuesday afternoon.

The team says Wu’s role will be to design and implement new statistics to evaluate player and team performance.

According to the team, Wu will report to Sam Ventura, the Penguins’ director of hockey operations and hockey research.

She will also work closely with Nick Citrone, who has been promoted to senior data scientist of hockey and business operations.

“We are thrilled to add Katerina to the Penguins organization,” said Ventura. “She is uniquely qualified to work in hockey due to her expertise in sports analytics, her impressive technical skillset, her experience working with complex puck and player tracking data, and her knowledge of the game.”

2019, Wu attended the Sports Analytics Camp at CMU, where she was paired with Carnegie Mellon University’s Sports Analytics Camp, where she was paired with Ventura, Citrone and the Pittsburgh Penguins for her capstone project, which introduced a new method for comparing and projecting player performance across different leagues.

For more information on Wu and her background in data science, click here.