NHL tests puck and player tracking in games of the regular season

The NHL has tested poker game and player tracking for the first time in real-time and plans to have the entire season in place throughout the competition.

Microchips were added to players' shoulder pads and this week placed in specially designed pucks for two Vegas Golden Knights games, against the New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks.

Antennas in the arena followed the players and the puck by radio frequencies and passed the data to a suite where leaders of the league and Players & # 39; Association and representatives of 20 teams and different technology companies, sports betting companies and holders of TV rights watched.

With the help of the new system, viewers can track individual players and even see how fast the puck moves

With the help of the new system, viewers can track individual players and even see how fast the puck moves

HOW IT WORKS

Microchips are added to players' shoulder pads and applied in specially designed pucks

Antennas in the arena followed the players and the puck by radio frequencies.

The system follows a puck 2000 times per second and 200 times per second players.

Previous versions of puck and player tracking were tested on All-Star games and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The latest tests were intended to refine the logistics of using the technology in meaningful games and to show how the real-time statistics can be used for broadcasts, betting and even for making virtual reality and augmented reality simulations. .

Technology gives us a chance to bring our fans closer to the game, gives them the opportunity to watch the game from different perspectives, from a visual point of view from a visual point of view to see more of what is going on is in the game, & # 39; Commissioner Gary Bettman told The Associated Press Thursday night when Vegas played the sharks.

& # 39; And the odds are unlimited in an era when technology is developing at record speed. & # 39;

Fans will get their first real taste of this puck and player tracking system during the upcoming All-Star Weekend on Jan 25-26 in San Jose, when NBC in the US and Rogers in Canada have access to the data they can use in their broadcasts .

If everything goes according to plan, the full range of puck and player tracking is available to start the next season.

The NHL and NHLPA have been discussing puck and player tracking for years.

The player's concern about the tracking data used against him is sufficiently suppressed to agree with the competition about carrying the microchips.

All three teams had the chips in their uniform this week and every puck had the technology.

People watch real-time puck and player tracking technology during an NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks, in Las Vegas, Thursday 10 January 2019

People watch real-time puck and player tracking technology during an NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks, in Las Vegas, Thursday 10 January 2019

People watch real-time puck and player tracking technology during an NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks, in Las Vegas, Thursday 10 January 2019

The NHL has the data but must share it with the trade union.

"I do think that the potential positive results are much greater than the negatives," said Mathieu Schneider, a retired defender and special assistant to the executive director of NHLPA.

& # 39; It is our duty to ensure that we do not only do what we can for the current boys, but also for future boys. It is a juggling act, there is no question of it.

& # 39; There is the juggling act. But I think the timing is right. & # 39;

Once the technology is implemented, the NHL will join the NFL as the two major North American professional sports leagues with players that carry tracking technology.

The NBA and Major League Baseball follow players and game action using advanced systems that can include radar and cameras.

The Jogmo World Corp. and the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have developed this specific system in collaboration with the NHL over the past three years.

People watch real-time puck and player tracking technology on a tablet during an NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks in Las Vegas

People watch real-time puck and player tracking technology on a tablet during an NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks in Las Vegas

People watch real-time puck and player tracking technology on a tablet during an NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks in Las Vegas

It took so long to get it right; the rubber that was used to make pucks did not originally work with the sensors.

The system follows a puck 2000 times per second and 200 times per second players.

"Overall, hockey is the most challenging sport you can think of because the highest mechanics, the highest speed, the greatest impact," said Founder and CEO of Jogmo, Martin Bachmayer.

& # 39; We had to change the puck recipe, the puck mixture to make that work. That was super difficult. & # 39;

The NHL does not say how much, but the new pucks are considerably more expensive than the frozen rubber varieties used in the last 100 years of hockey.

How referees deal with this and how equipment managers deal with the microchips on the shoulder pads were important parts of the tests this week, and adjustments will be made based on feedback from players and officials for next season.

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