OTTAWA, CANADA - FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Mark Reeds, Rick Wamsley, Jordan Silmser, Bryan Murray, Paul MacLean, Dave Cameron and Tim Pattyson of the Ottawa Senators pose with purple ties on Hockey Talks night, in support of Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.), prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 23, 2013 at Scotiabank Place 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