AWS, NHL Throw Advanced Stats In 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs
SEATTLE – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced the launch of two new advanced analytics during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. These new statistics provided by AWS will appear as graphs at the screen and data visualizations during NHL games and will give fans a better understanding and deeper appreciation for the performance of their favorite players and teams during crucial moments. The first two stats, Shot Analysis and Save Analysis, will debut on Saturday, May 15, Day 1 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will be used throughout the 2021-22 season. For more information on AWS and its involvement in the world’s premier professional hockey league, please visit https://aws.amazon.com/sports/nhl/.
The new statistics, provided by AWS, use cloud technologies such as analytics, serverless computing and multimedia services to collect real-time ice data, analyze it, and visualize it for fans as graphs appearing. on the broadcast. NHL statistics will illustrate the effectiveness of players on offense, the success of a goaltender in different phases of the game, and the evolution of player performance during a game to create or block opportunities to play. shooting in different game scenarios. This new level of insight will help generate additional excitement during key games moments by highlighting how difficult some games can be. To construct the new statistics, the NHL and AWS drew on more than 10 years of data from the NHL’s Hockey Information and Tracking System (HITS), the League’s official system for recording playing time statistics. By leveraging AWS, the NHL will be able to combine this historical data with real-time gaming activity to give fans a new and unparalleled perspective on team and player performance.
- Shot analysis: Hockey is a fluid and fast-paced game. Shooting and scoring opportunities can suddenly arise as play strategies change based on various situational factors. Through the shot analysis, fans will be able to see and truly appreciate how shot opportunities are created and converted into goals from different locations on the ice. The shot analysis will present the teams and players with the highest penalty shootout conversion rates in each area of the ice. It will also visualize how teams and players take advantage of even strength, power play and shorthanded situations based on the number of shots and goals they attempt and score in each scenario. Shot analysis will allow fans to dive deep into team and player performance for a single match or over a season, giving them previously unavailable information about their favorite teams and players.
- Save the analyzes: Hockey goalies face the daunting task of protecting their net against a puck that is only three inches in diameter but can be shot at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. To do this, they only use their body, pads and equipment. Backup scans calculate and visualize goalie save percentages and the volume of shots saved in each area of the ice to help fans better understand and appreciate the pressure of goalkeepers in a game. The NHL will use the statistics to display goaltender performance against different team strength conditions – such as when they are missing a defender during an opposing team’s power play – and during different phases of play or events, such as a breakaway by the opponent or a shootout. In addition, the backup scans will illustrate the success of goalkeepers making saves with their sticks, gloves or other pads, equipment and body parts – and how those results vary depending on where the shots come from.
Together, the shot analytics and save analytics graphs will enhance the broadcast viewing experience for fans by providing insights that deepen their understanding of team and player performance. Additionally, the stats will allow the NHL and its broadcast partners to add color to their analysis and live game commentary by quickly providing meaningful information on shots, goals and saves.
“NHL fans are extremely tech-savvy. They love the speed and skill of the sport and they crave more opportunities to understand and engage with the game and the players, and therefore, it is important for us to use our data to provide so much ‘information as possible, “said Dave Lehanski, director. Vice-President, Business Development and Innovation of the NHL. “AWS is the perfect partner for the NHL, helping us bring together our rich historical content and deliver advanced real-time analytics that will continue to transform the fan experience. The delivery of these statistics will allow fans, as well as players, coaches and broadcasters, to see the game in a new light and gain a better understanding of the strategic decisions made during a match. ”
“We announced our partnership with the NHL earlier this year and it’s already paying off with these advanced stats for the Stanley Cup playoffs,” said Rachel Thornton, vice president, global marketing at Amazon Web Services, Inc. . “Working with the world’s biggest sports leagues, we know their fans love to dive into the stats of their favorite players and teams. Hockey evolves rapidly, and hockey fans crave a better understanding of the game. Together, AWS and the NHL provide audiences around the world with the real-time context they need to better appreciate the tension and skill behind every game. ”
These advanced analyzes are the result of the new partnership announced in February 2021 when AWS was named the official provider of cloud infrastructure, artificial intelligence and machine learning to the NHL. The NHL also relies on AWS to automate and improve game video processing and content delivery.
This work is part of the recent announcement AWS for Media and Entertainment (S&E) that aligns the most specific capabilities of any cloud, including nine AWS services, 11 AWS solutions, dedicated AWS appliances, and more than 400 AWS partners, across five solution areas to help customers transform M&E: Content production; Supply chain and media archives; Broadcast; Direct-to-Consumer & Streaming; and Data Science and Analysis. AWS for M&E offers new and existing services and solutions from AWS and AWS Partners specifically designed for content creators, rights holders, producers, broadcasters, and distributors. For more information on AWS for M&E, please visit www.aws.amazon.com/media. For more information on how AWS powers the world’s leading sports organizations, please visit www.aws.amazon.com/sports.
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The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, comprises 31 member clubs and proudly welcomes its 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken ™, for the 2021-22 season. Each team reflects the international makeup of the League with players from over 20 countries represented, all vying for the most valuable and historic trophy in professional sport – the Stanley Cup®. Each year, the NHL entertains more than 670 million fans in the arena and through its partners on national television and radio; over 151 million followers – league, team and player accounts combined – on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube; and over 100 million fans online at NHL.com. The League broadcasts matches in over 160 countries and territories through its rights holders, including NBC / NBCSN and NHL Network ™ in the United States, Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viaplay in the Nordic region, and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans around the world with games available online in every country, including through its live and on-demand service NHL.TV ™. Fans are involved in the League’s digital assets on mobile devices through the free NHL® app; on nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio ™; and on NHL.com, available in eight languages and offering unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as all regular season and playoff scores dating back to the inception of the League, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to building healthy and vibrant communities through the sport of hockey by increasing youth participation and engagement; foster positive family experiences; promote inclusion, a positive culture and leadership; and support lasting community impact.