NHL puck and player tracking takes big strides forward

When former Michigan Wolverines defender Owen Power scored his first National Hockey League goal, replays from five different angles were available within seconds in a special stand at Prudential Center as the team below celebrated.

A few doors away, wearing a headset almost puts you on the ice with a group of cartoon characters re-enacting the play.

Former Michigan defensive player Owen Power skates during the third period of the Sabers game against the Blues in Buffalo on April 14, 2022.

More than three years since puck and player tracking were first tested by the NHL, technology has grown by leaps and bounds to give coaches all the information they want during and after a game.

When the playoffs begin next week, fans will continue to see more details about player speed, shooting speed, and other metrics; By next season, they should have access to some of that data, too.