MONTREAL- SEPTEMBER 24: Patrice Brisebois of the Montreal Canadiens speaks to the media to announce his retirement from professional hockey prior to the NHL Preseason game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on September 24, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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