ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 22: Jim Schmucke, of the Scottrade Center ice crew, puts the finishing touches on A Hockey Fights Cancer sign on the dasher boards before the NHL game between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on October 22, 2010 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis