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20:31  11 january  2019
20:31  11 january  2019 Source:   ap.org

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The NHL this week tested puck and player tracking for the first time in regular - season games , an exciting step with plans to have it in place across the league next season. The NHL will join and perhaps surpass the NFL with real-time tracking technology it hopes will have broad ramifications for

People watch real-time puck and player tracking technology on display during an NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose The NHL , for the first time, has tested real-time puck and player tracking in regular - season games and intends to have it in place across the

NHL tests puck and player tracking in regular-season games© The Associated Press People watch real-time puck and player tracking technology on display during an NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks, in Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. The NHL for the first time has tested real-time puck and player tracking in regular-season games with the aim of having it ready for the 2019-20 season. Microchips were added to players’ shoulder pads and fitted inside specially designed pucks for two Vegas Golden Knights home games this week: Tuesday against the New York Rangers and Thursday against the San Jose Sharks. Antennas stationed around the arena tracked the players and the puck through radio frequencies and beamed the data to a suite where league and Players’ Association executives and representatives from 20 teams and various technology firms, sports betting companies and TV rights holders were on hand for the two nights of testing.(AP Photo/John Locher)

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The NHL this week tested puck and player tracking for the first time in regular - season games , an exciting step with plans to have it place across the league next season. The NHL will join and perhaps surpass the NFL with real-time tracking technology it hopes will have broad ramifications for teams

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LAS VEGAS — The NHL for the first time has tested real-time puck and player tracking in regular-season games and intends to have it in place across the league next season.

Microchips were added to players' shoulder pads and fitted inside specially designed pucks for two Vegas Golden Knights home games this week, against the New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks. Antennas around the arena tracked the players and the puck through radio frequencies and relayed the data to a suite where league and Players' Association executives and representatives from 20 teams and various technology firms, sports betting companies and TV rights holders were watching.

Previous versions of puck and player tracking were tested at 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 on broadcasts, in betting applications and even to create virtual reality and augmented reality simulations.

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In a hallway high up in T-Mobile Arena, virtual reality headsets provided a view of the game from the perspective of anyone from Marc-Andre Fleury to Joe Thornton to a fan in section 214. The NHL this week tested puck and player tracking for the first time in.

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"Technology gives us a chance to bring our fans closer to the game, gives them a chance to look at the game from different perspectives, to actually see from a data standpoint, from a visual standpoint more of what's going on in the game," Commissioner Gary Bettman told The Associated Press on Thursday night as Vegas played the Sharks. "And the opportunity is unlimited in an era where technology is developing at a record pace."

Fans will get their first real taste of this puck and player tracking system at the upcoming All-Star Weekend Jan 25-26 in San Jose when NBC in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada will have access to the data to use on their broadcasts. If all goes according to plan, the full range of puck and player tracking will be in place to begin next season.

The NHL and NHLPA have been discussing puck and player tracking for several years. Player concerns over tracking data being used against them have been quelled enough that they agreed to an understanding with the league about wearing the microchips. All three teams this week had the chips in their uniforms and every puck had the technology.

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Puck and player tracking is coming to the NHL next season. Tests of various systems were done at All-Star games , the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and two regular - season games earlier this month in Las Vegas.

Puck and player tracking is coming to the NHL next season. Tests of various systems were done at All-Star games , the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and two regular - season games earlier this month in Las Vegas.

The NHL owns the data but must share it with the union.

"I do think the potential positives far outweigh any negatives," said Mathieu Schneider, a retired defenseman and special assistant to the NHLPA executive director. "It's incumbent upon us to make sure we're doing not only for the current guys what we can but for future guys. It's a juggling act there's no question. There's the juggling act. But I think the timing's right."

Once the technology is implemented, the NHL will join the NFL as the two major North American professional sports leagues with players wearing tracking technology. The NBA and Major League Baseball track players and game action using sophisticated systems that can include radar and cameras.

The Jogmo World Corp. and the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany developed this particular system in conjunction with the NHL over the past three years. It has taken that long just to get it right; the rubber used to make pucks originally didn't work with the sensors. The system tracks a puck 2,000 times per second and players 200 times per second.

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Puck and player tracking is coming to the NHL next season. A sneak preview is coming up this weekend, too. Tests of various systems were done at All-Star games , the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and two regular - season games earlier this month in Las Vegas.

The NHL has worked with companies on player - and puck - tracking technologies in the past, including at the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus and during the World Cup of Hockey 2016. "We learned that we can get the technology to work but we needed it to work better so that it could be scalable

"Overall, hockey's the most challenging sport that you can think of because the highest mechanics, the highest speed, the highest impact," Jogmo founder and CEO Martin Bachmayer said. "We had to change the puck recipe, the puck mixture to make that work. That was super difficult."

The NHL won't say how much, but the new pucks are considerably more expensive than the frozen rubber varieties used over the past 100-plus years of hockey. How referees handle them and how equipment managers deal with the microchips on the shoulder pads were major elements of the testing this week, and adjustments will be made based on feedback from players and officials before next season.

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