NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 02: (L-R) Linesman Tony Sericolo, referee Greg Kimmerly, aspiring officials Ryan Siegel of Dayton, New Jersey and Bobby Esposito of Bridgewater, New Jersey, referee Dan O'Rourke and linesman Johnny Murray pose for a phtot during Hockey Weekend Across America prior to the game between the San Jose Sharks and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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