SUNRISE, FL - OCTOBER 25: Players decorated their sticks with colored tape for Hockey Fights Cancer night between the Florida Panthers and the Buffalo Sabres at the BB&T Center on October 25, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/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