NHL Dives into Deep Analytics With SAP SE

The NHL has inked a multi-year North American partnership with SAP SE, an enterprise application software and database provider. As the official cloud software provider of the NHL, SAP collaborated with the League on the transformation of the NHL’s statistics platform on NHL.com and the introduction of new and enhanced statistics that will establish NHL.com/Stats as the definitive destination for hockey analytics. Starting Monday, fans, broadcasters and media around the world will be able to analyze official League, team and player statistics via a more comprehensive, interactive, and personalized interface that includes advanced search features and new filters for team and player comparisons.

STATS_672_022015“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,” says John Collins, NHL Chief Operating Officer. “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,” he continues. “There are also unlimited storytelling opportunities as we provide our fans with a personalized and interactive experience.”

Phase one of the NHL.com/Stats redesign includes the League’s presentation of enhanced statistics – shot attempts (SAT), unblocked shot attempts (USAT) and shooting plus save percentage (SPSV%) – and the introduction of more than 30 new extended statistics, including first and second assists (1st A, 2nd A), goals by time (G/20), penalties (taken and drawn) by time (Pen/20, PenDr/20) and average shot length (ASL).

In time for 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 statistics, and many more. NHL.com/Stats also will 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 NHL 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 statistical 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 statistics are fully integrated, new tools and functionality of NHL.com/Stats, including advanced filtering and visualizations, 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 enticing stories about hockey and its players,” says Quentin Clark, CTO, SAP. “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.”

SAP will be the presenting partner of the NHL.com/Stats destination. 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, the cloud edition of SAP Lumira software, SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions, SAP Predictive Analytics software and SAP Data Services software.

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