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NHL Teams Examine Motion-Tracking Potential As League Looks To Catch Up In Analytics
Published March 19, 2014
WAVE OF THE FUTURE? In Toronto, Dave Feschuk reports Maple Leafs VP & Assistant GM Claude Loiselle "remains in search of an analytical tool that will give his team an edge." Loiselle called the idea of a motion-tracking system “interesting.” But he added that he is "unsure if it’s on the verge of becoming an NHL fixture." Feschuk: "Whether or not there’s an NHL club that has found a beneficial angle is anyone’s guess." OHL Soo Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas said, "I think people fear that it’s going to eliminate the way sports are managed. I think that it moreso works in concert with managing a sports team." Feschuk writes results ultimately "will drive the market." If a "tech-wise NHL franchise or two find value in video tracking and carve out an advantage that translates into wins and losses, it’s hard to imagine competitors won’t copy the formula" (TORONTO STAR, 3/19).