Last season, the Washington Capitals began using a wearable technology product from Australian company Catapult Sports. Soccer fans might recognize the harness-like apparel containing the trackers that collect athletic performance data, as products from Catapult and other similar companies have been used within the sport for years.
The NHL plans to implement player-tracking technology in the 2019-20 season using similar tech embedded in the shoulder pads of players. NHL fans caught a glimpse of this in action during the 2019 All Star Game. But the Capitals use of player tracking goes beyond fancy broadcast tricks. The new player-tracking options will help the Caps better understand practice performances and rehabilitation progress.