Senior Data Scientist (12 month Independent Contra...

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Company Description

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies, owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS), Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA D-League), TFC II (USL) and Raptors Uprising Gaming Club, the Toronto Raptors Esports franchise in the NBA 2K League. Its charitable arm, MLSE Foundation, focuses on funding initiatives to support youth through sport and recreational programs. In 2017 MLSE Foundation, with support of community and corporate partners, built MLSE LaunchPad, a 42,000-sq. ft. space dedicated to programming that support its four Pillars: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Ready For School and Ready For Work.

MLSE’s common purpose is to unite and empower employees to deliver extraordinary moments to our fans and each other.

Who We Are

We celebrate the diversity, individuality, and personality of our peers, striving to be the best in class, in every class. We believe in Respect, Resilience, Commitment, and Ambition. We work for, with, and around the people that inspire us to try, persist, and achieve more.

Our work goes beyond games, seasons, trophies, and tours. Our success is measured by more than a scoreboard. Our team is stronger when we stand united. We create, we celebrate, we build, and we become better!

What we choose to do next, means everything! It defines greatness, builds character, makes history, and brings the world to its feet.

So, are you in?

Job Description


MLSE is looking for a highly motivated and energetic Data Scientist to join our Data Science practice to work on hockey tracking data. Our Data Scientists are responsible to design, prototype and implement high quality algorithms to drive fan experiences and work with Team Operations to optimize existing ML models while optimizing for high accuracy and low latency.


  • Work with large tracking datasets to solve difficult non-routine analysis problems
  • Conduct end-to-end analysis that includes data gathering, processing, analysis, ongoing deliverables and maintaining existing models
  • Ability to work independently to design and execute pilot projects to validate ideas
  • Build and prototype analysis pipelines iteratively to provide insights at scale
  • Build recommendation systems to create best and next-best product offerings
  • Build tools or perform independent research to understand incorrect classification or outlier impact on the model
  • Compare multiple models (Catboost vs xgboost vs rnn vs cnn) to optimize metric that is used to measure model performance (ex. log loss function)
  • Expert level of data science development (Spark, Python, Scala, Julia), database languages (SQL, HIVE) and APIs
  • Demonstrated skills in selecting the right statistical/ML tools given a data analysis problem
  • Proven ability to develop partnerships with technical peers and business unit leaders

  • Strong understanding of deep learning and physics
  • Experience in reinforcement learning is a nice to have
  • Experience in working with sports tracking data is a nice to have
  • Extensive experience with Python
  • Experience in scaling models to run in production- real time environment
  • Affinity for teamwork with others to solve problems
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently in an efficient manner
  • Flexibility and availability for work on call, outside of regular work hours, as needed to support live sports

Additional Information

Please apply by: January 26, 2022

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in the job application process. If you have difficulty using our online application system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, please email Please note this email is only for accommodation requests. Resumes sent to this email address will not be considered.

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