As the NHL
modernizes its approach to advanced statistics, it’s also striving to change with the times as it pertains to the technology surrounding the sport. And at the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus, league officials
provided the first look at one of those new technologies:
an in-game tracking system for players that looks to be the next level of the real-time, actively connected sports experience. The new system, developed by sports broadcasting company
Sportvision, tracks players by microchips implanted in their jerseys and with microchips in pucks, registering and displaying information from ice time to shot velocity. For a program in its infancy, the results look impressive:
We’ll see how much money the league charges to access these advanced tools, but the NHL years ago recognized
fans’ insatiable desire for more information, and this latest add-on to the basic viewing experience is sure to appeal to more than a few of them.