Smart Technology Uses AI to Improve Ice Hockey Player Development
[EXETER, NH, April 2020] A powerful new technology for ice hockey players is being validated on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. The results provide a preview of hockey’s future, one which will be powered by data-driven insights.
Helios Hockey (“Helios”) and the Seacoast Performance Academy (“SPA”) have recently completed the first deployment of Helios’ innovative stride technology with the goal of driving new conversations on player development and performance. Helios’ wearable stride sensor was worn by 18 players on SPA's U15A team to track 166,872 unique skating strides and individual heart rates during 19 regular practices. Data from the wearable technology was accessed through a mobile application and cloud analytics dashboard provided to players and coaches.
“We were thrilled to work with SPA on this initial deployment,” said Bill Near, Helios’ CEO and Founder. “It speaks to the innovative organization they are building to produce elite players capable of reaching the next-level of competitive hockey.”
“As a leader in cutting edge hockey training, we were very excited to work on the launch of this innovative product with Helios Hockey,” said Travis Bezio, SPA’s Co-owner. “It helps us take our training from a 'one size fits all’ approach to being able to hone in on each player’s individual needs.”
About Helios Hockey
Based in Portsmouth, NH, Helios Hockey, Inc. develops technology to help hockey players skate and shoot better. The smart technology uses AI to give the developing player a competitive edge to improve by closing the feedback loop on key skating and shooting attributes. Mobile apps deliver real-time and post-session insights for practices and games in addition to engaging training experiences on and off the ice.
About Seacoast Performance Academy
Based in Exeter, NH, SPA is an innovative learning and training platform for serious-minded hockey players. SPA Academy combines world-class hockey training with onsite teachers and academic professionals. Hockey skills are administered by area specific professionals using cutting edge techniques and philosophies of the USA Hockey ADM model for elite player development. Our academy teams compete in the Tier 1 Midget AAA levels at the U14, U15, U16 and U18 age groups and are among the most respected teams at their age groups.
Bill Near, CEO
Chris Davidson, General Manager