In hockey, the ebbs and flows of a game happen seemingly instantaneously with a small play that turns the tides for one team and leaves their opponent on their heels.
Amazon has partnered with the NHL to track these ebbs and flows in real-time with a tool they are calling Ice Tilt.
By aggregating player position data from the NHL EDGE PPT system, Ice Tilt offers a nuanced view of game momentum and territorial control.
Using the NHL EDGE PPT system, 1,560,000 data points per period per game are analyzed through Amazon Web Services, enabling Ice Tilt to calculate a rolling average every two minutes, providing live game insights.
Ice Tilt fluctuates based on player and puck activity, identifying team dominance by assessing rink-side occupation and positional changes.
AWS infrastructure processes live data from NHL arenas, enabling computations with minimal latency (<1 sec) for integration into live broadcasts.
Ice Tilt is the fourth innovation in a series of data-driven metrics that the NHL and Amazon have partnered together to create.
The earlier tools include Opportunity Analysis, Face-Off Probability, and Shot and Save, all of which help commentators and fans appreciate the nuances of the game more fully.
The evolution of Ice Tilt is set to revolutionize how hockey performance is analyzed and understood, offering fans and teams an unprecedented depth of insight into the game’s intricacies.
Coaches and players can also benefit as Brant Berglund, Sr. Director, Coaching and GM Applications for the NHL points out saying, “We can pinpoint key moments in time during the game where drastic changes occurred to facilitate storytelling around those notable events”.