BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 28: Marcus Foligno #82 of the Buffalo Sabres prepares his hockey stick with lavender tape for their game against the Dallas Stars on Hockey Fights Cancer Night on October 28, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Foligno's mother, Janis, died from cancer in 2009. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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