THUNDER BAY, Ont.–The SIJHL announced last Thursday that it has signed a partnership agreement with ICEBERG Sports Analytics to implement advanced analytics technology league-wide, while bringing the development of elite hockey talent in the league to a new level.
ICEBERG Sports Analytics is a global Sports Technology company headquartered in Toronto and will become the official data and advanced analytics provider for the SIJHL for the 2019-20 season.
Using artificial intelligence and computer vision algorithms to automatically track both players and the puck, ICEBERG builds extensive data sets that provide deep objective insights and enhance efficiencies at coaching and managerial levels by allowing teams to eliminate mundane tasks and allocate more time to analyzing team play, game trends, and individual player performance.
“With the ever-evolving field of analytics being established in the game, we look forward to working closing with ICEBERG Sports Analytics in assisting our coaches, players and league-member clubs in this area,” stated SIJHL commissioner Bryan Graham.
Using the SIJHL video feeds, ICEBERG will produce advanced metrics surrounding shooting, passing, player shifts, transitions, power play, penalty kill, faceoffs and much more.
These metrics will allow coaches to cross-check what their eyes are telling them about the game so they can evaluate whether certain in-game decisions were right, or wrong, and correct accordingly.
As members of the SIJHL, each member team will have access to ICEBERG data on players in the league.
This data can be used for advanced scouting reports, optimizing lineups and matchups, as well as player safety.
It can also be used to identify roster gaps, to assess player and team strengths/weaknesses, and to evaluate special teams’ play.
The SIJHL becomes the second of the 10-member Canadian Junior Hockey League to partner with the analytics company.