NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: (L to R) Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas answer questions during a special Q & A session at the NHL Powered by Reebok store on June 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Nycz/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