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New Technology About To Hit The Ice

from Bryan Horwath of the Las Vegas Sun,

Many remember how the technology created a glowing puck on TV screens, leaving a cometlike trail of color once the puck reached certain speeds. But FoxTrax didn’t last long, to the delight of hockey purists who’d denounced it as too gimmicky for a sport steeped in tradition. Dave Lehanski, the NHL’s senior vice president of development and innovation, says FoxTrax was “way ahead of its time, but it just wasn’t ready back then. You could see it wasn’t working right.”

Now, the NHL is preparing to introduce a more advanced version of the technology in 2020 in an attempt to make itself more attractive to younger viewers. Players will don wearable technology—sensors about the size of an Oreo cookie—on the back of their shoulder pads, which will track certain metrics in real time. The puck will also be outfitted with a chip that can communicate with a series of cameras and sensors.

The technology was tested in January during two Vegas Golden Knights games at T-Mobile Arena.

Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty says he’s intrigued by the idea, but adds, “There were a lot of issues with bouncing pucks and whatnot.” Still, he says, “It’s something that could be fun for the fans.”

That’s the league’s goal for this technology, which will produce more in-game data to enhance the viewing experience, especially for statistics fans and sports bettors who desire more information.

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hockeyfreak13's avatar

This is all very cool…if the networks use it tastefully, which they won’t. If I see a current speed graphic on each player during gameplay, I’m going to lose it.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 12/09/19 at 09:25 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I’m not against any of this so long as the viewer can opt out.  Only offer advanced graphics on the interactive stream, and let viewers toggle on and off things they want (or don’t want) to see.

Heck, I’d pay a little extra if I could turn off the commentary and just have natural game sound.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 12/09/19 at 12:12 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

It would be cool to put the speed of the shot very small in the corner of the screen but it they are thinking name plates on the figures its going to suck.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 12/09/19 at 05:08 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Heck, I’d pay a little extra if I could turn off the commentary and just have natural game sound.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 12/09/19 at 11:12 AM ET

Ha!  Dave working the facts right.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/09/19 at 06:04 PM ET

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