DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 14: Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings stands with family, Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Illitch and Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. Holmstrom is honored for playing his 1,000th NHL career game before an NHL game against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena on February 14, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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