OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 2: In his first career NHL game, Stephane Da Costa #24 of the Ottawa Senators steps onto the ice during player introductions prior to playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place on April 2, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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