Technology: Part of Scouting

Technology is now an important part of Sports. Just look at the modern golf clubs, the baseball bats and the hockey sticks, just to skim the surface. Equipment is much stronger yet lighter and, in some cases more protective. It was inevitable that technology would become a part of scouting and recruiting as well.

Technology in sports was always attractive to me. In 1985, as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings, I was a pioneer in using technology in the NHL. I worked with a computer programmer in creating a program which would record live statistics, including time on ice. It had never been done before. We succeeded but it was a long and difficult process based on what computers could do at that time.

Well, after many years, I’m back, and now working with HOCKEY TECH, a Company who deals with data, statistics and information.

I recently accepted to become Product Development Coordinator with Hockey Tech and .U.S. Head Scout with ISS (International Scouting Service) a subsidiary of HOCKEY TECH.

HOCKEY TECH was formed when Stu Seigel, a former owner of the Florida Panthers, purchased RINKNET and joined it with ISS and later on with NEXT TESTING

What a great insight! Stu had a vision and the merging of all three Companies is very compatible and offers a great service.

RINKNET provides the scouting software for the NHL. It is the “Scouts’ Bible”. I used it for many years as an NHL Pro Scout. Other subscribers include the Canadian Hockey League and the United States Hockey League. Many NCAA teams, agents and other leagues use RinkNet as their primary source of information for anything to do with hockey and lets scouts write their reports in a user friendly fashion.

ISS complements Rinknet by adding scouting information to the already existing data. We have over 40 scouts scanning North America and Europe providing reports and information on hockey players. We provide priority lists for the NHL draft, CHL drafts, USHL drafts addition to thousands of scouting reports which managers and scouts can refer to.

For the first time this year, we are producing a college free agent and CHL overage list to help minor Professional league teams in their recruiting and scouting.

NEXT TESTING adds to the services that HOCKEY TECH provides. Young players can get tested with on ice computerized tests and several off ice tests to add to their portfolio of data. We will be running combines across North America to test players. Their data will be included into the RinkNet basin of information viewed by more than 4,000 scouts and managers across North America and Europe. They will be able to compare their “numbers” with others of the same age group who go through the tests.

I’m very excited to be a part of this growing industry, one that provides great services to everybody in the Hockey World!



An elite athlete is often best judged on how he or she reacts to adversity. A fall or a loss doesn’t define the competitor or a team. How they react after a fall determines their real value.
The Russian Hockey team is one example of the failure to use adversity as a motivator in the 2014 Olympics.
Yes, they were the victim of a very bad call against the Americans in the preliminary round in their 3-2 shoot-out defeat. They had taken the lead late in the game to see their goal turned back because the net was off its moorings. It was a good goal, it should have been a good goal but it wasn’t, based on international rules. To make matters worse, Americans goalie Jonathan Quick deliberately pushed the net off when he moved from his right to his left and should have been called for a delay of game penalty. There’s no doubt that Quick dislodged the net deliberately with his left arm.
The Soviets had a valid reason to be angry and complain of unfairness. The outcome of that game and of the rest of the tournament could have been much different. But Sports Competitions are not always fair. There are lots of times when you need to bite the bullet and move on.
The Russians never became a team in these Olympic Competitions. Stacked with many individual highly skilled Stars, they failed to rally around their adversity and their home advantage. Was there too much pressure to perform in front of their fans and Countrymen?
Olympian medalists perform under tremendous pressure. They compete against the best in the world and win or lose by fractions of seconds or points. The stakes are high and those who raise their performance regardless of what happens around them, fair or not, are those who proudly stand on the podium.
The Russian National Hockey team must blame themselves. They fell but didn’t get up ready to fight as a team.