Analytics are Charging up the Ice
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Re: Video analytics
  • 10/29/2014 4:24:47 PM


Louis writes

 I really find Video motion analysis fascinating as it relates to sports in general.   Applying this to Hockey, you can potentially optimize  the stride of the skater based on their height and weight for instance.  The power of the shot in relation to the position on the ice. 


I can see it coming — players will wear electronic bio devices providing feedback to monitor and then optimize their performance. Hope they don't get overwhelmed by the incoming data stream during the game ...


Re: Video analytics
  • 10/27/2014 4:24:42 PM

@Lyndon_Henry    I really find Video motion analysis fascinating as it relates to sports in general.   Applying this to Hockey, you can potentially optimize  the stride of the skater based on their height and weight for instance.  The power of the shot in relation to the position on the ice.   The possible iterations are really potentially powerful.

If you had a team that really has this type of granular mindset and approach as a part of their culture - it would revolutionize the Sport of Hockey.  

Honestly, I don't think the Sport has evolved to that stage, but I am probably wrong about that. 

Re: Down With McGuire
  • 10/27/2014 4:12:54 PM

@Broadway   Am I making this too easy ?  It seems to me their (the teams) focus is misplaced. Why don't clubs just note the skill values for key opposing players and either promote these skill set (aspects) in their farm system or obtain through free agency ?


Seems to me a team could at least piece together a playoff team at least.  But then again I don't know the dynamics of trade and player movements in the NHL as of right now.

SAS and the Maple Leafs
  • 10/27/2014 2:40:23 PM

".....Maple Leafs announced that they have partnered with SAS (sponsor of this site) to implementthe SAS analytics platform."


Wow that is really cool !   I hope SAS keeps us informed as to how it goes - I am going to start tracking Toronto much closer now .  Will they get it implemented this season ?

Hockey: Real or Fantasy ?
  • 10/27/2014 2:34:59 PM

Having only really watched Hockey during it's major revolutions - The Gretzky years for instance.   In the past three years or so I have begun to actually watch more and more of it.  I have to say it grows on you - which lead me to try a fantasy Hockey league.  

I started slow the first year just one team, but it allowed me to understand what the Game considered important skill and game areas.  I still don't know what some of the abbreviations are - but I understand enough of them.  Finishing third in that league.

As a result I think I have found a formula for success even though I cannot pronounce or remember the actual player's name most of the time.  You see, their names are ill-relevent - it is the production and efficiency that I can care about.

So entering my third season, I have a few more leagues now and it seems my formula is working. My methods don't seem to be traditional since I am relatively certain I would not be effective using all of the players from one team for example.  

If I can use analytics to easily place in my fantasy leagues isn't it fair to extrapolate that Hockey GM's can leverage analytics to improve their chances of success as well ?

Video analytics
  • 10/27/2014 9:48:19 AM


In his blog post, Jim writes

Utilizing video analytics, some teams are tracking player activity in the offensive, neutral, and defensive zones to identify good two-way players.


This made me curious to seek more details on video analytics, particularly in sports applications. The following are some useful references from a Google search, with brief excerpts of particular interest:

Video content analysis (also Video content analytics, VCA) is the capability of automatically analyzing video to detect and determine temporal and spatial events.

Video has many applications in sports and science. Coaches and athletes are using the medium more and more to measure and correct technique, and to analyze team and individual performances. Video analysis software can also be used for gait analysis and biomechanics research, and in injury rehabilitation.

Video motion analysis is a technique used to get information about moving objects from video. Examples of this include gait analysis, ... sport replays, speed and acceleration calculations and, in the case of team or individual sports, task performance analysis. The motions analysis technique usually involves a high-speed camera and a computer that has software allowing frame-by-frame playback of the video.

A recent Wired article ... describes a system called SportsVU, which uses video cameras to track the players and the ball to a remarkable level of detail. The technology grew out of missile-tracking applications and optical recognition algorithms to that. It was first applied to soccer, but it was later decided that basketball would be more lucrative. With the SportsVU system – and, not to forget, the analytics to crunch the raw image data – it's possible to track some pretty complicated metrics ....




Down With McGuire
  • 10/19/2014 10:59:20 PM

Though Pierre McGuire's tempered anti-analytics, data's still out on if he provides any value to hockey coverage