Given the town’s association with Silicon Valley, San Jose was the perfect spot for a host of NHL executives, partners and professionals to get together and talk tech during the All-Star Game weekend this year.
The main attraction at the NHL’s Innovation Spotlight was player- and puck-tracking technology, something that has wide-ranging applications for the way fans may enjoy the sport in the future. The summit also brought an opportunity to have fun at the expense of the NHL’s infamous foray into technology, the 1996 introduction of the “glowing puck” on Fox television broadcasts. “The glowing puck wasn’t ready,” said commissioner Gary Bettman. “Sometimes it was on the puck, but sometimes it was in the stands or on someone’s head.”
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