2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings
ANN ARBOR, MI - JANUARY 01: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Snow-covered seat cushions cover the upper seating areas during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Noah Graham/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