NHL Announces Partnership with SAP, Introduces Newly Innovated Stats Page
Today, the NHL announced its partnership with SAP and introduced its new and improved stats page on NHL.com in a press conference held by former NHLer and current play-by-play Chicago Blackhawks and NBCSN color analyst Eddie Olczyk.
The high-tech company has been known this season for its recent partnership with the San Jose Sharks organization, leading to the Sharks’ home arena to be renamed to SAP Center.
Hockey is extremely fast-paced with very little stoppage in play, which results in many aspects of the game failing to show up in the box score. In partnering with SAP and using its best-in-class SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, we are now able to capture data points like never before and present existing and new statistics in a visually appealing way. The new NHL stats platform goes beyond data to offer insights that will help avid fans go deeper and help casual fans understand the game better. There are also unlimited storytelling opportunities to provide our fans with a personalized and interactive experience.
– John Collins, NHL Chief Operating Officer on the new NHL.com Stats page powered by SAP.
The new redesign of the NHL.com/Stats will be split up into four phases, which are as follows.
Phase one of the NHL.com/Stats redesign includes the League’s presentation of enhances stats, which include shot attempts (SAT), unblocked shot attempts, (USAT) and shooting plus save percentage (SPSV%), along with the introduction of more than 30 new extended stats (first and second assists, goals by time, penalties [taken and drawn] by time, etc).
Come the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, phase two of the NHL.com/Stats redesign will feature analysis for every Stanley Cup Playoffs game and series. Based on a team’s recent performance, each series will be examined based on an algorithm that incorporates 37 variables, such as road record, goals against, special teams stats, and much more. NHL.com/Stats will also feature advanced filtering to enable game, season and career comparisons between players, teams and games, delivered in dynamic line graphs.
Shortly before the start of the 2015-16 season, phase three of the NHL.com/Stats redesign will incorporate additional new features that could include new metrics, innovative visualizations, active player comparison tools, player performance prediction tools, NHL pre-season rankings and NHL team power indexes.
In 2016, to coincide with the launch of the NHL’s Centennial Celebration, phase four of the NHL.com/Stats redesign will feature the entire official stats history of the NHL, including every box score dating back to the NHL’s inaugural 1917-18 season. Once the complete archives of the NHL’s stats are fully integrated, new tools and functionality of NHL.com/Stats, including advanced filtering and visualization, will be applied to the entire history of the League. For the first time ever, fans will be able to compare players and teams spanning all generations.
Our partnership with the NHL will allow fans to gain deeper insights from the game and tell stories about hockey and its players. With the new NHL stats platform, we are going to deliver real-time insight at the player and team level that has never been seen before in hockey. Together with the NHL, we will continue to look for new opportunities to help innovate and improve the game, as the next generation of hockey begins.
– Quentin Clark, Chief Technology Officer of SAP
In addition to implementing the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, the NHL will utilize various SAP solutions and technologies, including potentially deploying the SAP Cloud for Customer solution, the SAP InfiniteInsight solution, and more.
It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out. There’ve been a lot of talks about teams starting to use analytics for hockey, but while these aren’t exactly analytics I honestly think the new in-depth stats border line it. Regardless it’s going to be fun for all of us, hopefully not too complicated for those who are currently learning the sport, and very, very useful.
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