When a hockey player scores a goal, he gets a point added to his scoring totals. But the two teammates who touched the puck before he does get points, too. The rules haven't changed. But the people who handle video chores for the 16 teams in the race will also be able to get the nod for a major ''assist'' because of the technology being made available ''on the fly'' during games.
The NHL is making three iPad Pros available for coaches on every bench. They have been pressed into service for the Stanley Cup playoffs, as part of an agreement with Apple. Not only will the technology be used for coaches' challenges on key plays but they will also be used by the coaching staff to point out how players can be positioned without having to wait until between periods to mention the subject.
“By the time the player gets off his shift, that content is available within a minute, I guess, from the time it actually took place,” NHL executive vice-president and chief technology officer Peter DelGiacco said. “Today generally speaking a lot of that would be done between periods and there’s a limited amount of time. ... This kind of gives the coaches and the players real-time access so that they can make adjustments.”