Hockey slow to accept analytics

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Other sports have embraced analytics. The Red Sox hired Bill James. Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, is a conference co-chair. The Atlanta Falcons monitor the number of 3d-and-1 game situations, for example, to help determine how much they practice those scenarios. Coaches for star tennis players can access body heat maps to determine where their charges spend most of their time on the court.

Hockey is behind. Only 10 NHL teams were represented at the conference. At least one NHL general manager is unfamiliar with Corsi, the statistic that measures shot attempts and therefore puck possession. In comparison to other sports, hockey remains the mammoth stuck in the Ice Age.

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