2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Alumni Games
Steve Yzerman #19 of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni waves to the crowd after being announced before the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game Two between the and the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni played outdoors during the Hockeytown Winter Festival at Comerica Park on December 31, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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