2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Team Practice Sessions
ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 31: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Colton Orr #28 of the Toronto Maple Leafs works out during Toronto's practice session the day before the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on December 31, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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