With a DVR, the Puck Stops Here
When Scott Mellanby of the St. Louis Blues apparently scored the tying goal late in a recent National Hockey League playoff game with the San Jose Sharks, Sharks assistant coach Tim Hunter wasn’t worried.
He quickly replayed the whole scene on his tablet PC equipped with TiVo-like functionality and verified that there was no goal. In contrast, it took officials 2.5 minutes to call up to the booth and then rule on the play.
We knew instantly that it wasn’t a goal,” Hunter said. “We were able to calm our team down, and our team was recomposed and ready for the next face-off.”
The tech-savvy Sharks, who are now in the conference semifinals in the race for the Stanley Cup, are using a “bench monitor” to mark, review and zoom in on plays, and make adjustments to their strategy on the fly. The device also helps illustrate “coachable moments.”
A digital video recorder hooked up to a server records the game and then wirelessly transmits the data to a tablet PC. Hunter can then use a stylus or a remote to mark key moments in the game — like a goal for, goal against, power play or penalty kill — so that he can return to them with a quick click. He can diagram over the video as well…