Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
DevilMinder

NHL tests player-tracking technology that could fundamentally change how we watch the game

Recommended Posts

I know this topic is as polarizing as it gets but I find this tech very cool and hope they integrate it to augment the NHL product. Watch the video, although the graphics as is are kind of overwhelming they are surprisingly smooth tracking the players as they move. I am actually liking the score embedded into the ice, that is cool too.


 

Quote


The future of hockey is upon us.

The San Jose Sharks topped the Golden Knights 3-2 Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena, and while the action between the division rivals was riveting, the most impressive part of the game was invisible to the thousands watching.

It was hidden inside the rubber of the pucks, and within the thread of each player’s shoulder pads, safely concealed by their sweater.

This week microchips were implanted and tracked live during a regular season game for the first time in NHL history. The tracking system was first tested in Tuesday’s game between the Golden Knights and Rangers, and Thursday the NHL granted The Athletic behind the scenes access to the infinite possibilities that come with this new form of tracking.

 

 

https://theathletic.com/761837/2019/01/11/nhl-tests-player-tracking-technology-that-could-fundamentally-change-how-we-watch-the-game/

 

 

Chip Tracking from Sarah Goldstein on Vimeo.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm gonna be an old man saying get off my lawn because I think this is crap. There's enough crap on the ice and screen already with sponsorship ads on the boards and ice and digitally imposed on the glass now too. Why do we need giant team logos imposed in this? We can tell the difference between the teams by the damn color of the uniforms. 

More importantly why would I rather watch a sh!tty video game version replay of the action instead of you know, an actual replay of the the real action? 

Lots of patting themselves on the back here for what essentially is a lot of useless stuff especially because the average fan doesn't give a sh!t about all these stats as it is... 

What am I missing here?.... 

Quote

“I always use goalies as an example,” Lehanski said. “For the most part, there are two statistics everyone uses to evaluate goalies — save percentage and goals-against average. That’s really all there is.

“Once we do this, just think: You’re going to know where the shots were taken, who took the shots, how fast the puck was moving, whether or not it was deflected, whether or not there was anyone in front of the goal. Then you overlay that with the time of the game, score margin and you can start to look at goalie performance completely differently, like we never have before.”

Besides how fast the puck was moving you can tell every other detail they mention simply by watching a replay. What brand spanking new info are we exactly getting here with goalies? Come on. 

Lots of garbage about getting people to bet in the article too. 

Also this... 

Quote

The technology on display Thursday night was truly spectacular, and this is only what six companies with only a few months of development have come up with. 

Yet earlier in the article they mention they have been working on the system for years so why not work on the display more so it doesn't look like a sh!tty ps2 game?

The Red Bulls players have been wearing sports bras that track all sorts of stats for years now. They don't show any of the info on the broadcasts though.

This whole article feels like the NHL paid them to write it since it kisses so much ass. You can also sign up to read the article for free like I did cause I'm sure as hell glad I didn't pay to read that crap. 

Lastly the best part of all this nonsense is that they still won't know if the damn puck is offsides or over the goal line without a damn long review. 

Edited by Satans Hockey
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Amazing technology. I think it's great for the stats nerds, great to dip into when you want to replay and dissect a particular incident but I couldn't watch a game like that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From a game-watching perspective I hate this. If I wanted this kind of thing I'd have been watching simulated games on one of the EA sports games. But it will be interesting how it impacts scouting and coaching. All the advanced stats that we as fans keep track of were originally put into place for scouting and coaching purposes and have refined how GM's and coaches view players and the game. That's where I think this will have more impact. Younger fans might appreciate this on a viewing level, but I anticipate greater than FOX Glowpuck levels of backlash if they force it down the throats of those of us that have left our high school days behind.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably no reason for people to lose their minds about this. It looks like they were just showing off what it can do. The interesting part is about the stat tracking. It's going to be very cool to see what kind of information this can give. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Personally I don't like change, but this is crap.. I think that actually makes it harder to watch the game with all of the new added sh!t they've put all over the screen. If the took some of it out maybe it could be good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I doubt they are going to go so graphics heavy, I think more like first down line in football or the field goal range lines. They could even remove all overlay graphics and just run with the score on the ice for a bit.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, 2ELIAS6 said:

Personally I don't like change, but this is crap.. I think that actually makes it harder to watch the game with all of the new added sh!t they've put all over the screen. If the took some of it out maybe it could be good.

It looks like what was on the screen was just to show off the tracking capabilities, not how they would broadcast. The icons above the players were to show that the chips were accurately showing where the players were on the ice. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Man if I was a player I'd HATE this.  Big brother is watching everything you do on the ice and compiling data on you that GMs will inevitably use against players in contract negotiations.

I don't see how this affects us, the fans, besides for some fancy graphic analysis once in a while.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can see where this is an effective tool for teams to use behind the scenes.  But if that crap starts showing up on broadcasts, its brutal and would ruing the viewing experience for most fans.  The broadcasts are cluttered enough.  This would make it 100x worse.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.